Australian Greenpeace activist Colin Russell, who was among 30 people arrested over a protest against Arctic oil drilling, has been granted bail by a Russian court.

The Tasmanian radio operator on board the Arctic Sunrise was arrested in September after some of the activists tried to scale the Prirazlomnaya oil rig.

Earlier this month he faced a St Petersburg court on hooliganism charges, and the court ordered he be kept in jail until February 24.

Mr Russell appealed against the decision after watching all of his co-accused, known as the Arctic 30, be released on bail on the condition they do not leave Russia.

Greenpeace says Mr Russell was granted bail on Thursday, after 71 days in detention.

The group says Mr Russell is likely to be released this weekend after the paperwork is finalised.

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