This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
Speaking following the news that British activists and journalists all have permission to leave Russia, the Minister for Europe, David Lidington said:
I am delighted that the British Nationals have been allowed to return to their families and friends. This is a welcome step from the Russian Government. We have provided consular support throughout the case and my Ministerial colleagues and I have repeatedly called for a fair and proportionate conclusion.
I am also pleased that two members of Pussy Riot and a number of the Bolotnaya protestors have been released.
Whilst this move is welcome, issues of concern remain with the Russian judicial system. The British Government continues to call on the Russian authorities to strengthen the rule of law, tackle corruption and promote independence of the judiciary.
Follow Foreign Office Minister David Lidington on twitter @DLidington