State Duma may grant amnesty to prisoners convicted of economic offenses
MOSCOW, April 10 - RAPSI. President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday that a possible amnesty for prisoners convicted of economic crimes may be considered, but it is up to the State Duma to make a final decision on the matter.
The State Duma is authorized to grant amnesties pursuant to article 103 of the Russian Constitution.
MPs from the Liberal Democratic Party submitted a draft bill on the granting of amnesties to the lower house on April 3 in connection with the inauguration of President-elect Vladimir Putin. MPs proposed granting pardons to minors, adults who committed crimes under the age of 18, young mothers, pregnant women and women aged over 55.
Deputies also proposed pardoning men over the age of 60, men caring for children under three years old, disabled prisoners and those sentenced to less than five years in prison.
However, the State Duma is unlikely to consider the bill before Putin's inauguration.