Both Canadian Greenpeace activists jailed in Russia for 100 days returned to Canada on Friday.
Alexandre Paul arrived in Montreal Friday afternoon, while Paul Ruzycki, from Port Colborne, Ont., landed at Toronto's Pearson airport Friday evening.
Ruzycki's brother, Frank Ruzycki, tweeted a photo around 8:45 p.m. of the Ruzycki in the back of a vehicle with the caption "What a long, strange trip it's been."
He didn't address the media on Friday, saying in a statement from Greenpeace that he wanted to spend time with his family first.
The Canadians were among 30 activists arrested and charged with piracy in September after a failed attempt to sabotage a Russian state-controlled, off-shore oil platform. The charges were first reduced to hooliganism before the activists were given amnesty by Russian legislators.
Paul landed at Montreal's Trudeau airport just before 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Minutes later, he approached reporters and said he was "disappointed" because he felt the Canadian government didn't do enough to secure his release.
"We have a government that was put in place by the oil industry," Paul said, suggesting the Conservatives supported the Russian government's moves to intercept the Greenpeace ship in arctic waters off the northwest Russian shore.
Paul said he was particularly disappointed in what he called the inaction of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.
Thirty activists boarded the Greenpeace-operated vessel called the Arctic Sunrise, which was destined for an oil platform controlled by Russian state oil company, Gazprom.
The activist group wanted to temporarily halt the platform's oil production in order to raise awareness about the environmental dangers of drilling in Arctic waters and to the fossil-fuel industry's role in creating greenhouse gases.
The ship was intercepted by Russian security forces on Sept. 18.
"It was like an action movie," Paul said Friday afternoon about the day the security forces boarded the ship. "(The activists) all had their hands in the air and (the forces) were carrying automatic weapons.
All 30 activists, from several different countries, were charged with piracy and jailed.
Paul credited the lobbying of human rights organizations, foreign governments, as well as the potential for bad publicity during the Winter Olympic Games, as reasons the Russian government released the activists.
"I want to thank the Olympic Committee for awarding the games to Sochi, that's probably one of the biggest reasons I was liberated," he said.
While he criticized the federal government, Paul thanked Canadian consular officials, whom he said brought him books, and who relayed messages from friends and family while he was jailed.
He added that while being in a Russian jail "was not the best experience," he said he was not mistreated.
"The (security) agents walked on eggs with us," he said. "Human rights groups visited us in prison to ensure we didn't have any problems."
QMI Agency was unable to reach the department of Foreign Affairs for comment on Friday.
-With files from Nicole Riva