Russia is granting amnesty to 29 Greenpeace protesters who faced hooliganism charges, the latest of a series of high-profile pardons. In September, 30 activists were arrested as they attempted to board a Russian offshore oil rig. One was granted amnesty last week. Some view the pardons as goodwill gestures, others as propaganda tactics, in the run-up to February’s Olympic Games in Sochi. Last week former billionaire and Putin opponent Mikhail Khodorkovsky, as well as two members of the band Pussy Riot, were pardoned.