Khodorkovsky will most likely not be amnestied - Human Rights Council

Former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky will most likely not be amnestied under the amnesty expected to be declared to mark the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution, Mikhail Fedotov, the head of the presidential human rights council, told Interfax on Friday.

Former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky will most likely not be amnestied under the amnesty expected to be declared to mark the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution, Mikhail Fedotov, the head of the presidential human rights council, told Interfax on Friday.

"I don't think he will qualify for it," he said.

Fedotov recalled that Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a recent meeting with him and ombudsman Vladimir Lukin that people convicted of grave crimes and crimes involving violence will not be amnestied. "For that reason, Mikhail Khodorkovsky will not be amnestied," Fedotov said.

"Under our criminal legislation, grave crimes are crimes punishable by up to ten years in prison. That says it all," Fedotov said.

The human right council has drawn up proposals on amnesty at the request of the Russian administration.

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