Number of house arrests rises dramatically in past few years - Supreme Court

The number of house arrests increased thirty times in the past five years, Russian Supreme Court Judge Alexander Chervotkin said on Tuesday.

The number of house arrests increased thirty times in the past five years, Russian Supreme Court Judge Alexander Chervotkin said on Tuesday.

"The number of house arrests has increased sharply. The number of requests for house arrests increased from 101 in 2008 to 3,030 in 2012. A total of 1,600 requests were made in the first half of 2013, which is a 20 percent increase from the first half of 2012," Chervotkin said at a meeting addressing a draft Supreme Court Plenum decree.

Ninety percent of all requests for house arrest are granted, Chervotkin said.

Chervotkin also said the number of people released on bail is decreasing. "A total of 1,160 people were released on bail in 2008, 1,103 were released on bail in 2011, and only 835 people were released on bail in 2012," he said.

Russian Supreme Court Chairman Vyacheslav Lebedev also pointed out a tendency towards a decrease in the number of people released on bail, saying that the reason is that the majority of suspects are unemployed and cannot pay for it. "For this reason, the State Duma is now discussing a bill reducing the lower limit of bail from 100,000 rubles ($3,000) to 50,000 rubles ($1,500)," he said.

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