Anthony Perrett, Alexandra Harris and Phil Ball travelled home with crew member Iain Rogers and videographer Kieron Bryan after 100 days in Russia.
It has been a strange few months but it is over now and it is good to be back.Anthony Perrett, Greenpeace activist
The five were among 30 people held on hooliganism charges and were released under a new Russian amnesty law.
They flew from St Petersburg to Paris, then travelled on to St Pancras on Eurostar.
Arriving at St Pancras, a tired-looking Mr Perrett told reporters: “It has been a strange few months, but it is over now and it is good to be back. We’re very relieved to be home, it’s good to be back and speaking English, which has been sorely missed.”
‘Trying to save the Arctic’
Asked whether it had been worth it, he said: “Well, look at the media that’s here today. We’re trying to spread the word to save the Arctic and I think we have done that job fairly well.”
He added: “I’m looking forward to spending some time in the woods and getting at one with nature that we are trying to preserve.”
He said prison conditions in Murmansk had been difficult, describing being held in a cell for 23 hours a day and sharing a toilet without a cubicle with three others.
“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 protesters 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.”