Over 50,000 Russians already exempt from criminal responsibility under WWII victory anniversary amnesty

More than 50,000 Russian citizens have been granted exemption from criminal responsibility under Russia's amnesty campaign announced on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the victory of Nazi Germany in World War II, Valery Maximenko, acting deputy director of Russia's Federal Penitentiary Institutions Service (FSIN), has said.

More than 50,000 Russian citizens have been granted exemption from criminal responsibility under Russia's amnesty campaign announced on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the victory of Nazi Germany in World War II, Valery Maximenko, acting deputy director of Russia's Federal Penitentiary Institutions Service (FSIN), has said.

"Exemption from criminal responsibility under this amnesty was granted to 50,541 people from the date the appropriation resolution was adopted to May 29. Of them, 6,636 had been sentenced to prison terms," he told reporters in Moscow on June 2.

As many as 1,658 inmates were released in accordance with decisions adopted by preliminary investigation services, courts and remand center directors, he said.

Nineteen teenagers were released from juvenile correctional facilities, Maximenko said.

The remaining 42,228 people entitled to this amnesty faced non-custodial penalties, he added.

The WWII victory anniversary amnesty, announced by the State Duma, came into force on April 24 and will continue for the next six months. It will apply to 350,000-400,000 people.

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