Russia Amnesty Could Benefit Greenpeace, Pussy Riot
The jailed members of Russia’s Pussy Riot protest band and the Greenpeace activists recently arrested in the country are among those who could benefit from a new amnesty law.
The bill received enough votes in favor in the Duma that it does not require President Vladimir Putin's signature.
The amnesty initiated in early December to mark the 20th anniversary of the nation’s constitution will be applied to thousands of Russian prisoners – primarily retirees, invalids, women with children and pregnant women, and victims of the Chernobyl disaster.
The bill could also lead to the release of some activists currently facing prosecution over clashes with police at a rally in Moscow last year, ahead of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration for his third term as president, RIA Novosti informs.
The amnesty is due to take effect on Thursday, according to the Russian government daily newspaper, Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
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Putin you are getting soft, keep them in prision and as regards Khodorkovsky who is due for release in 2014, oligarchs like him should be re-investigated, new charges, new trials and more jail time.
Rich people should not be allowed to use their money to mess up the political system in a country.
Travesty of justice, should be no amnesty, this 'tradition' to release prisoners for some constitution anniversary is just retarded in this day n age! You do the crime, you do the TIME!
But they will probably do more crimes and end up in prison again where they belong.