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Russian parliament approves amnesty law

December 27, 2013

Russian MPs have approved a draft amnesty law in its third and final reading . the Law, which was approved since twenty years in the Declaration of the Russian Constitution shall enter into force upon its publication in the Official Journal.
The opposition MP, said that "this is a way to show the world, before the Olympics, that there are no more political prisoners."

Pussy Riot will benefit from this amnesty. But they may  not be released so far. They could stay in prison until the end of their sentence in March, due to delays of bureaucracy.

30 Greenpeace members arrested in September should also benefit from this amnesty.

A former minister will also  be granted amnesty. Anatoly Serdyukov was in charge of defense until November 2012, when he was dismissed, accused of fraud.




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