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Kremlin spokesman makes no guesses as to who could be amnestied on V-Day

April 09, 2015, 21:02 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to preliminary estimates, amnesty may cover up to 60,000 people sentenced to a prison term and up to 200,000 people with suspended sentences
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Vladimir Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov

Vladimir Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov

© Yuri Mashkov/TASS

MOSCOW, April 9./TASS/. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined on Thursday to guess who among the people named in high-profile cases could be amnestied in connection with the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.

"I don’t know. In any case legal analysis is needed, and I am not ready to make it," he said in reply to the question whether people named in the Bolotnaya Square case or other high-profile cases could be amnestied.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted to the State Duma (lower house of parliament) a bill on amnesty in connection with the Victory Day anniversary.

"According to preliminary estimates, amnesty may cover up to 60,000 people sentenced to a prison term and up to 200,000 people with suspended sentences," the Kremlin press service said.

The decree is planned to be reviewed and adopted by May holidays (Labor Day on May 1, Victory Day on May 9).

The amnesty will cover individuals sentenced for minor offenses; people with least social protection - juveniles, women with underage children, elderly people, etc.; those who committed crimes out of negligence.

However, amnesty will not apply to individuals who committed grave crimes, including murder, terrorism, drug trafficking, kidnapping, etc.

 

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