Devon Greenpeace worker faces two months in Russian prison
The parents of a Greenpeace worker from Devon are fearing for their daughter’s freedom after she has been threatened with two months in a Russian prison.
Alex Harris, 27, from Dolton, near Winkleigh, was on her first Greenpeace campaign when Russian authorities seized their ship last week.
Some of the Greenpeace workers had climbed a Russian oil rig to protest against the lack of precautions in place in the instance of an oil spill.
Their vessel was then taken to Murmansk. Initially the crew was being held at gunpoint according to Greenpeace.
Now Alex, a Greenpeace communications worker, is being held at a Russian detention centre facing a potential prison sentence of two months on the charge if piracy.
Alex's parents Cliff and Linda are very concerned about what will happen to their daughter.
Linda said: "we got a call last night from Greenpeace at about 9pm saying Alex faces prison.
"We had a pretty sleepless night and We are just in shock to be honest.
"Greenpeace are going to appeal the sentences. We aren't going to go out there at the moment.
"We have contacted our MP Geoffrey Cox and are waiting to hear back.
"We know the foreign office is doing everything they can.
"It is just a waiting game for us now really.
"We just never expected this to be the outcome of Alex's trip or work."
The couple had a message from Alex through the Russian consulate yesterday via email confirming she is ok.
Linda added: "it is a relief she is not on her own we have been told they have been split up into groups of nationalities so she is with other British workers."