Amnesty devoted to 70th anniversary of Victory may affect up to 60,000 convicts

The amnesty proposed by the Russian president may affect up to 60,000 convicts and up to 200,000 people with suspended sentences, or one out of every ten prisoners in Russia, says a draft decree declaring amnesty due to the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War submitted by the president to the State Duma.

The amnesty proposed by the Russian president may affect up to 60,000 convicts and up to 200,000 people with suspended sentences, or one out of every ten prisoners in Russia, says a draft decree declaring amnesty due to the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War submitted by the president to the State Duma.

"According to tentative estimations, the amnesty may affect up to 60,000 convicts and up to 200,000 people with suspended sentences whose unserved prison time has been replaced with a softer punishment, convicts whose punishment has been deferred, and people who have been given punishment that does not involve imprisonment," the document says.

According to the Federal Penitentiary Service, a total of 673,818 people were kept in penitentiary establishments as of March 1, 2015.

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