MOSCOW, January 25 (RAPSI) – Russia’s business ombudsman Boris Titov asked President Vladimir Putin and Prosecutor General Yury Chaika to render assistance in release of elder and diseased entrepreneurs, who had been put in detention on charges of economic crimes, the ombudsman’s press office told RAPSI on Thursday.

Titov in his request points out that a lot of detainees suffer from diseases that do not allow them to stay in detention. Moreover, in some cases prosecutors themselves were against defendants’ detention or extension of their jail terms, according to the ombudsman.

The release list submitted by Titov in particular includes ex-general producer of Seventh Studio stage company Alexey Malobrodsky, who stands charged in the embezzlement case involving the Gogol Center theater director Kirill Serebrennikov, businessman Yevgeny Petrechenko charged with non-payment of salaries, who is over 70 years old, and the 64-year old head of a construction firm Anatoly Livada.