A St Petersburg court released 20 other activists on bail this week but ordered the detention of 59-year-old Tasmanian Colin Russell for three more months.
Mr Russell, who was arrested more than two months ago as part of the so-called Arctic 30, is the only activist to appear in court not granted bail and will remain in custody until February 24.
Greenpeace said it would vigorously challenge the decision to keep Mr Russell in jail and wanted Prime Minister Tony Abbott to intervene with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Prime Minister Abbott needs to phone President Putin now and find out what is needed from our government to get Colin released,” Greenpeace spokesman Reece Turner said.
“The situation is extremely baffling and we are at a loss to understand why Colin has been singled out.”
Australia’s ambassador to Russia Paul Myler announced yesterday he would visit Russia’s foreign ministry in Moscow to find out why Mr Russell was refused bail.
Australian Greens leader Christine Milne fears Russian authorities are making an example of Mr Russell.
“You have to wonder what the Russians are seeking to do by appearing to make an example of him,” she said today.
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