State Duma may receive documents to consider economic amnesty on Sunday - businessmen's rights commissioner

The State Duma may receive documents regarding a draft resolution granting amnesty to people convicted for economic crimes on Sunday, Russian Commissioner for Businessmen's Rights Boris Titov said.

The State Duma may receive documents regarding a draft resolution granting amnesty to people convicted for economic crimes on Sunday, Russian Commissioner for Businessmen's Rights Boris Titov said.

"Tomorrow. At least that's what I talked about with [Duma Chairman Sergei] Naryshkin. They expect this tomorrow," Titov told journalists on Saturday.

If the Duma passes the document before the end of the current parliamentary session, first convicts could be released as early as this summer, Titov said.

The amnesty bill does not stipulate that the convicts must confess to their crimes, but it is likely to contain a provision obliging them to compensate for the damage caused by their crimes, he said.

"If they pay and can make up for the damage, they will be freed," he said.

Asked whether former Defense Ministry official Eugenia Vasilyeva, the prime suspect in the so-called Oboronservice company case, could be subject to the amnesty, Titov said, "The bill has a barrier for those who worked with the budget."

"If her guilt is proven, she will not be subject to amnesty," he said.

It was reported earlier that President Vladimir Putin asked the Duma on June 21 to consider and pass a bill on amnesty for people convicted for economic crimes before the summer break.

"The decree for amnesty has been finalized by the business community and State Duma deputies. I find it possible to agree and I am asking the State Duma to consider and to support it. I expect this will be done within tight deadlines - prior to the summer break," Putin said while speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Putin warned against hurrying the amnesty to ensure in particular that "people, who committed really serious crimes against the state, individuals or property - raiders or counterfeiters or those who took flats from people preventively - are not released."

Duma Chairman Sergei Naryshkin said on June 21 that the Duma was willing to adopt a resolution on an amnesty for convicted businessmen by the end of the current parliamentary session.

"The president proposed today that the State Duma adopt the decision during this spring session. We are prepared for this, because the deputies and legal experts have worked on this document all this time," Naryshkin said on Rossiya-24 news television channel on Friday.

The Duma is expected to consider and pass a resolution on amnesty for people convicted for economic crimes in the last plenary week between July 1 and 5.

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