20th anniversary of Constitution is good reason for new amnesty - official

The State Duma committee on civil, criminal, arbitration, and procedural legislation may back the new amnesty, Pavel Krasheninnikov, the head of the committee, said.

The State Duma committee on civil, criminal, arbitration, and procedural legislation may back the new amnesty, Pavel Krasheninnikov, the head of the committee, said.

"If the document is good, I don't think it can be rejected, it can well be considered and adopted," Krasheninnikov told a press conference in Moscow on Monday.

Krasheninnikov also said "the 20th anniversary of the Constitution is a good reason" for a new amnesty.

Krasheninnikov believes there is a need to determine the people who may be amnestied. "These should be people who do not pose any danger, whose release will not aggravate the crime situation," he said.

Mikhail Fedotov, chairman of the human rights council, earlier said in an interview with Vedomosti that a new amnesty for people who committed non-violent crimes and whose cases have not been resolved may be proposed in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on September 3.

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