Greenpeace activist Alexandre Paul home tomorrow

Detained Greenpeace activist Alexandre Paul will be home tomorrow.

The Montreal environmentalist spent the last three months in Russia, two of them in a prison cell, after he and dozens of other activists were arrested for protesting Russian oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

Paul's mother Nicole is understandably relieved. She says she understands her son's passion for the environment and is proud of him, even though, as a mother, she doesn't like seeing her son putting himself in dangerous situations.

For Paul's friends and Greenpeace colleagues, there is a feeling of relief that the 100-day saga is at an end.

Greenpeace spokesman Diego Creimer says the entire ordeal alternated between high drama and farce.

"At one point they were facing 15 years in jail for piracy, and even Vladimir Putin said that he considered them no pirates," he says. "So yes, this is the end of a long and in a way absurd story."

Creimer says Greenpeace's activism against Arctic drilling will continue.

Photo of Alexandre Paul (right) by Vladmir Baryshev

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