State Duma passes in first reading draft resolution on amnesty

The Russian State Duma has passed in the first reading the presidential draft resolution of the Lower House, On Declaring Amnesty Due to the 20th Anniversary of the Russian Constitution.

The Russian State Duma has passed in the first reading the presidential draft resolution of the Lower House, On Declaring Amnesty Due to the 20th Anniversary of the Russian Constitution.

At the same time, the State Duma has passed in the first reading another draft resolution submitted by the president - On the Order of Applying the Resolution of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Council on Declaring Amnesty Due to the 20th Anniversary of the Russian Constitution.

These documents stipulate the release from prison and criminal liability of less socially protected convicts, suspects and defendants and people with certain services to offer to Russia.

These are people, who committed crimes while being underage, women with small children, pregnant women, women over 55 and men over 60, people with 1st and 2nd group disabilities and individuals, who participated in mitigating the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster, servicemen, employees of criminal and penitentiary services and people who have participated in battles or actions to protect the homeland.

The amendments to the presidential draft amnesty will be proposed on Tuesday and the final document will be passed by the State Duma on December 18.

It is expected that the amnesty could also be applied to some suspects in the Bolotnaya Square case, the Arctic Sunrise crew and members of the Pussy Riot punk band.

The amnesty could be applied to about 10,000 people, head of the State Duma committee on civil, criminal, arbitration and procedural law Pavel Krashennikov has said.

On top of the presidential draft amnesty the State Duma considered on Tuesday nine alternative documents submitted to the Lower House by deputies of the opposition factions. The presidential draft received the most votes, so the others have been removed from further consideration.

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