Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen to face each other in runoffWorld April 24, 8:13
Danish defense minister accuses Russians of hacking into his staff’s emailsWorld April 24, 7:50
PROFILE: Emmanuel Macron poised to become France’s youngest presidentWorld April 24, 6:44
North Korea ready to carry out nuclear test at any time — expertsWorld April 24, 5:56
Swedish think tank puts Russia in world’s top three biggest defense spendersMilitary & Defense April 24, 4:35
Ukraine reconciliation meeting in Minsk postponed over OSCE car blastWorld April 24, 3:21
Macron announces his victory in first round of French presidential voteWorld April 24, 1:29
Le Pen gets 23.08%, Macron - 23.11% after 33 mln votes counted — Interior MinistryWorld April 23, 23:58
Preliminary results of French polls reveal defeat of two leading partiesWorld April 23, 22:49
MOSCOW, July 22 (Itar-Tass) - Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Civil, Criminal, Arbitration and Procedural Legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov said several Russian MPs’ proposals to broaden the amnesty bill to cover the Alexei Navalny case can be considered “pure PR”.
“It is impossible to make amendments to the law, which has entered into force and is in effect. It is theoretically impossible,” Krasheninnikov told Itar-Tass on Monday.
The Izvestia newspaper writes that several State Duma deputies of the A Just Russia party will submit the amendments to the law on economic amnesty to the autumn session. The party’s members believe that all points of Article 159 of the Criminal Code (Fraud) and Article 160 of the Criminal Code (Embezzlement) should be added. Thus, anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny, who was sentenced to five years in jail for 16 million rouble embezzlement, will be able to be freed in several months, the newspaper writes.
“If they want a new amnesty, let’s work and we’ll debate,” Krasheninnikov said.
However, the committee’s chairman considers wrong to raise the question based on one precedent. “Unlike reconciliation amnesty is not an individual act. It is related to everyone who committed the crime under this article,” he explained.
“This is plain political PR,” Krasheninnikov added.