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Detained Canadian Greenpeace activists home by New Year's

Arrested on Russian oil rig in September

The mother of one of two Canadian Greenpeace activists detained in Russia says she's getting a wonderful late Christmas present.

Nicole Paul says her son Alexandre is scheduled to arrive in Montreal on Friday afternoon.

The other Canadian involved, Paul Ruzycki of Port Colborne, Ont., is facing a slight delay because his exit visa hasn't been processed.

His family is hoping have him back home by the new year.

The two Canadians were among 30 members of Greenpeace arrested at a September protest outside a Russian oil rig in the Arctic.

They were held in custody for two months before getting released in November pending trial and then had their cases closed under an amnesty passed by Russian parliament.

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