A New Zealand Greenpeace campaigner arrested in Russia over his involvement in a protest against oil drilling has been denied bail.

Jonathan Beauchamp is one of 30 members of the environmental group arrested last month after two of them tried to scale an Arctic oil platform.

He was denied bail when he appeared before a court in Murmansk on Wednesday, a Greenpeace New Zealand spokesman told NZ Newswire.

The members of the group on the vessel Arctic Sunrise have been charged with piracy, which carries a maximum jail term of 15 years.

A second New Zealander arrested, David Haussmann, was denied bail earlier this week along with nine others.

Other members of the Arctic 30, including Australian Colin Russell, have bail hearings on Thursday in Murmansk.

Greenpeace says the Russian Presidential Human Rights Council is expected to submit an appeal this week to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation regarding the arrest of the protesters.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key raised the matter with Russian President Vladimir Putin when the pair met earlier this month.

 

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