Putin proposed draft decree granting amnesty in connection with 70th anniversary of Great Victory

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Every tenth convict may be granted amnesty; it will not apply to those who are serving sentence for grave crimes

Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted a draft decree "On granting amnesty in connection with the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War" to the State Duma, the Kremlin press service reports.

The draft decree provides for granting amnesty for the first-time offenders convicted of premeditated crimes of little and average gravity and having certain services to the country.

The Presidential amnesty will not apply to the offenders convicted of murders, violent crimes, terrorism, extremism, kidnapping, fraud, bribery, crimes against minors, as well as drug-related crimes.

It is also proposed to extend amnesty to the most vulnerable social groups - minors (100 people); pregnant women (867 people) and single men with minor children, and (or) disabled children (40 people); men over 55 and women over 50 years (600 people); disabled people of groups I and II, patients with active tuberculosis of groups I and II, and patients with oncological diseases of groups III or IV (478 people).

Especially dangerous recidivists won`t be granted amnesty; the offenders who have committed crimes within 10 years after granting pardon or amnesty; the offenders who have committed crimes in prison, and persistent perpetrators of the conditions of serving sentence.

It is proposed to release from punishment the offenders who are imprisoned for up to 5 years for having committed crimes out of negligence (3,300 people), as well as the minors who have been convicted for a period of up to 5 years for premeditated crimes, who haven`t served their service earlier (400 people).

In addition, it is proposed to release from penalty the imprisoned convicts whose remained term of sentence will be less than one year (up to 50 thousand people) on the day when the decree comes into force.

According to the Federal Penitentiary Service, as of March 1, there are 673,818 people in the institutions of the penal system.

According to the head of the relevant Committee of the State Duma Pavel Krasheninnikov, the decision on the amnesty proposed by the President is expected to be adopted by the end of April.

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