Pray for my cousin - a Greenpeace activist detained in a Russian jail over Arctic protest
A FOOD bank worker is praying for her cousin detained in a Russian jail.
Kieron Bryan, a freelance photographer, is facing a possible 15-year prison sentence in Russia after filming a Greenpeace protest in the Arctic.
Alex Malone, project manager of Farnworth and Kearsley Foodbank, says her family are “distraught” by his imprisonment.
Mr Bryan, aged 29, from London, was on board the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise when activists tried to disrupt work on a Russian oil rig in the Barents Sea.
The Russian authorities have imprisoned all those on board while they investigate charges of piracy.
Mrs Malone, from Kearsley, insists her cousin is a journalist, not an activist. She said: “We, his family up here in Bolton, are just so worried about Kieron and what he is going through. We just want to see him come home.
“He is a journalist and a good, law abiding man, not an activist or even a member of Greenpeace, and he is definitely not a pirate. He is just someone who was doing his job.
“His parents, Ann and Andy, and his brother, Russell, got a phone call from him when the Arctic Sunrise was escorted to the port of Murmansk on the September 24.”
Mr Bryan was hired by the environmental group to document last month's protest. He is one of six Britons who have been in custody since the ship was seized by Russian authorities on September 19. Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman has met his family and is lobbying for his safe release.
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