Only four people, convicted under economic articles of the Russian Criminal Code, have been released from penal colonies since the amnesty was declared, the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service press office said in a statement obtained by Interfax on Tuesday.
"Since the amnesty was declared in Russia, four people, serving time in correctional facilities, have been released. Another 12 people behind bars have been released from detention facilities upon the decision of inquiry bodies, investigators or the court," the statement said.
Ten people with police records have been absolved of criminal liability, the press office said.
The Russian State Duma declared economic amnesty on July 2 - the amnesty will apply to people who were held criminally liable for the first time, or were convicted for business-related crimes for the first time.
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