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Russian parliament to consider amnesty bill
December 10, 2013, 9:51 am

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Media reports from Russia suggest this could cover the two jailed Pussy Riot protesters [Getty Images]

Marking the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution, President Vladimir Putin has submitted an amnesty bill to parliament, the Kremlin said Monday.

Media reports from Russia suggest this could cover the two jailed Pussy Riot protesters.

According to the bill, amnesty will be applied to those who have committed crimes before they have turned 16, women with minor children and those older than 55, men over 60, disabled people, servicemen and policemen, and those who have participated in military operations.

Only those sentenced to prison terms of less than five years and individuals with suspended sentences will be pardoned.

Currently 12 versions of the amnesty have been submitted to the Duma for consideration, including President Putin’s version.

The president’s version of the amnesty was drafted by Mikhaiil Fedotov, Head of the Human Rights Council.

Fedotov’s draft document suggested releasing up to 100,000 prisoners.

Russia will celebrate the Constitution Day on December 12. In accordance with the Article 103 of the constitution, the State Duma, or lower house of the parliament, has the exclusive right to declare amnesty.

Source: Agencies

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