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MOSCOW, January 14. /ITAR-TASS/. To fall under the effect of economic amnesty, which formally ended on January 4, 1,658 people had to give monetary funds and property to the tune of one billion 725 million rubles ($52 million) to the budget. Vedomosti business daily cited this statistical report of the staff of business rights commissioner Boris Titov. When the amnesty act was submitted in State Duma lower house of parliament chairman of the specific State Duma committee Pavel Krasheninnikov estimated the number of people subject to the amnesty at 10,000, the daily recalled.
The figure of amnestied offenders is not final, actually the amnesty campaign will last much longer than six months that were announced in the State Duma resolution, Titov noted repeatedly. Other federal officials acknowledged earlier that no large-scale amnesty was planned, but it is dragging feet, because indemnification of damage is its compulsory condition no matter at which stage of court proceedings the criminal case was.
Amnesty under 27 “economic” articles of the Criminal Code turned out to be “moderate”, because not all articles, under which business people are imprisoned, were included in the amnesty act. Meanwhile, many offenders disagreed to pay what they were sentenced to, moreover, the damage is calculated from the whole value of the deal and does not take into account the costs, which a businessman really sustained, Vedomosti daily cited chairman of non-profit partnership Business Solidarity Yan Yakovlev.
A person can wait for a court verdict, if he is confident about his innocence, and the issue of damage repayment will be settled, Business Russia co-chairman and one of authors of the document Andrey Nazarov noted repeatedly. However, business people, according to statistical reports, prefer to pay money without waiting for a trial. Offenders have transferred 1.44 billion rubles ($43.5 million) in the budget at the stage of questioning and preliminary investigation. The Russian state has received an average of 1.88 million rubles ($56.7 thousand) from one person released under the stage of investigation. Taking into account all amnestied people, the average damage repayment for release from custody has reached one million rubles ($30.2 thousand).
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