THE family of a Tasmanian man facing piracy charges in Russia has said they just want him home.
Long-time Greenpeace campaigner and mariner Colin Russell was one of 15 protesters charged with piracy in Russia yesterday.
The 69-year-old radio operator was among 28 protesters arrested when Russian troops boarded the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise on September 19, after protesters attempted to hang a banner off an Arctic Circle oil rig.
The other protesters had already been charged, as have two freelance journalists who were aboard the ship.
Mr Russell's wife, Christina, yesterday issued a statement from her Woodbridge home on behalf of herself and her daughter.
"Madeliene and I are extremely concerned about the charges handed down today," Mrs Russell said.
"We're really missing Colin and we just need him home."
A rally in support of Mr Russell will be held on Parliament House lawns in Hobart from 10am today.
Piracy carries a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and a spokesman for Greenpeace said Mr Russell was already set to spend at least two months in solitary confinement in the city of Murmansk awaiting the hearing in late November.
Greenpeace has called on the Australian government to intervene, recalling Russian President Vladimir Putin's comment before charges were laid that the protesters were not pirates.
They have asked the government to provide a letter of guarantee to allow Mr Russell to get bail.
Greens leader Christine Milne has called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to speak to Mr Putin about the case at the APEC forum in Bali this weekend.
Ms Bishop said on Thursday that Australians overseas needed to take responsibility for their actions.
Her office did not respond to The Examiner's calls yesterday.