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Russia to release 260,000 prisoners for Victory Day ‘to veterans’ delight’

The Russian State Duma is considering a draft resolution on amnesty for the 70th Anniversary of the Victory, which will touch up to 60,000 prisoners and 200,000 people punished under the Criminal Code.

The Russian State Duma intends to release prisoners on the occasion of the anniversary of the Victory. On April 20, the Committee of the Russian parliament on civil, criminal, arbitration and procedural legislation intends to consider three draft resolutions on amnesty on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Victory. It is stated on the website of the Committee, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Russian media.

So, in addition to the president's project, on April 20, there will be discussed the initiatives made by the deputies from A Just Russia party and the Liberal Democratic Party.

Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted to consideration by the Parliament a draft resolution on amnesty on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Victory. The amnesty will cover up to 60 thousand prisoners and up to 200 thousand people punished under the Criminal Code; convicts whose served part of punishment was substituted with a milder form of punishment; convicts with delayed sentence, and convicts with non-custodial sentence.

The Liberal Democratic Party wanted to release people convicted of minor crimes. Due to the proposal, the amnesty applies to " minors as well as adults who have committed crimes before the age of 18; women with young children, pregnant women, women above 55 years." In addition, the document also applies to men older than 60 years, men who have children under three years of age, as well as disabled people of the first, second and third groups.

Under the Fair Russia project, exemption from criminal punishment will affect the least socially protected groups of inmates, suspects or people accused of committing crimes, people having certain merits to the Russian Federation.