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9,600 people exempt from penalty under amnesty

February 18, 2014, 17:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, February 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service said a total of 9,657 people have been made exempt from penalty under the amnesty marking the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution.

The figure includes 307 people who were kept in penitentiaries, 44 minors in penal colonies and 328 people released from custody in remand prisons or from house arrest. The remaining 8,978 people on Federal Penitentiary Service files eligible for amnesty had been serving non-custodial penalties, Federal Penitentiary Service said.

Russia's parliament announced the amnesty on December 18, 2013.

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