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Bolotnaya Protesters, Greenpeace Activists Could Go Home Under Amnesty
19.12.2013 16:27
Bolotnaya Protesters, Greenpeace Activists Could Go Home Under Amnesty
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The wide-ranging amnesty introduced by the Russian parliament has entered into force on December 18, after its text was published on the State Duma’s website.

      The amnesty bill was submitted to the parliament by the Kremlin to mark the 20th anniversary of the Constitution.

      Passed with only minor amendments, the law is expected to give a chance for release for more than 25,000 people, says the online news outlet Lenta.ru.

      According to the document, the list of prisoners to be freed includes, inter alia:

      • mothers of underage children

      • those who committed a crime before they came of age

      • disabled

      • those who have been rewarded for their services to Russia.

      The amnesty will give a chance for freedom to some of the protesters under investigation in the Bolotnaya case and all the Greenpeace campaigners who were arrested after they attempted to board the Prirazlomnaya oil rig in the Arctic.

      There’ve been concerns in the media over the possible release of ex-defence minister Anatoly Serdyukov because his case meets the requirements set forth by the amnesty law.

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Author: Mikhail Vesely

Tags: Greenpeace Anatoly Serdyukov Bolotnaya Prirazlomnaya  

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