Protesters have rallied for the release of Greenpeace members arrested by Russia as they tried to board an Arctic oil rig.

Demonstrations took place in both Moscow and the port city of Murmansk, where the activists are being held.

Eighteen of them have been denied bail, ahead of their trial next month on piracy charges.

They were arrested in the Arctic after on their Greenpeace ship after some tried to scale a Russian-owned drilling platform.

Al Jazeera's David Chater reports from Moscow.

Source: Al Jazeera