The amnesty marking the 70th anniversary of the Victory may affect up to 350,000 people, Pavel Krasheninnikov, the head of the State Duma committee on civil, criminal, arbitration and procedural legislation, said.
"The figure of 260,000 people who may become eligible for amnesty is based on data on 60,000 prisoners and 200,000 people with suspended sentences. We have no information on cases that will be closed under the amnesty. Consequently, the number of people eligible for amnesty will be higher than 300,000 or even 350,000," Krasheninnikov said on Rossiya 24 television on Wednesday.
Krasheninnikov said the State Duma may adopt the appropriate decree in the first reading on April 21. "We need to adopt and publish the decree on amnesty by the May holidays," he said.
Besides the draft presidential decree on amnesty timed to the 70th anniversary of the Victory, similar documents have been submitted to the Duma by the factions A Just Russia and the Liberal Democratic Party faction. The Duma will consider them as alternatives.
The amnesty will apply to people who are in prison under court rulings, who are on trial, and people who are under investigation.
This will be the first amnesty that will apply to single fathers and single fathers with children with disabilities who have convictions for medium and low-gravity crimes and whose remaining prison time is less than one year, minors, people hurt in the Chernobyl disaster, war veterans, women who have underage children and children with disabilities, pregnant women, people with Group 1 and 2 disabilities, and people suffering from cancer.
Krasheninnikov said the amnesty will also apply to people convicted for fraud (a crime enshrined by Article 159 of the Criminal Code).
"Non-grave crimes enshrined by Parts 1-3, as a rule, are eligible for amnesty," he said,. Emphasizing that "none of the corruption articles is eligible for amnesty."
The amnesty will not apply to grave and especially grave crimes, crimes involving violence against children, extremism, terrorism, and drugs.
The amnesty will not apply to people who have committed road accidents while driving under the influence of alcohol.
Krasheninnikov also sad the amnesty will not apply to people convicted in the so-called Bolotnaya case.
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