Nov 2 2013
The mother of a British journalist detained in Russia while covering a Greenpeace protest hopes "common sense, and a sense of fair play and justice" will prevail.
Videographer Kieron Bryan, 29, from Devon, was among 30 people including six Britons who were held when armed Russian officials boarded their vessel, the Arctic Sunrise, in September.
The boat and Greenpeace protesters were taken from the Arctic's Pechora Sea, near oil company Gazprom's platform, to the port of Murmansk.
The six Britons, including Mr Bryan, who was documenting the protest, were being investigated for piracy, but were later charged with hooliganism.
At a silent protest outside the Russian Embassy in London, Mr Bryan's mother Ann said the country has made its point and said her son should be released.
"Punishment should fit the crime and for what happened that day I think they've more than served their punishment," she said.
Adding: "I just hope that common sense, and a sense of fair play and justice, will come out of this."
Mrs Bryan, her husband Andy and son Russell were joined by journalists and freedom of speech campaigners at the embassy near Notting Hill as they handed in a petition signed by 1,400 people in support of Mr Bryan's release.
About 40 supporters wore stickers across their mouths, while a significant number of camera crews, reporters and photographers looked on.
The signatures are from hundreds of UK journalists, including editors on national newspapers.
Mrs Bryan last spoke to her son on the phone two weeks ago, and they have since exchanged emails and letters which have had to go through translation and approval stages, she said.
"At that point he seemed calm and strong. He was trying to be positive.
"Today we're not so sure because we've heard that they are now being moved to St Petersburg, so that's another upheaval for them.
"They're probably wondering why and what does it mean, which is exactly what we are as well," she said.