MOSCOW, October 11(RAPSI) - Russia’s Presidential Human Rights Council has adopted an amnesty draft suggesting to release from jail those who has been convicted of non-violent crimes, RIA Novosti reported Friday.
“The decision is made to advocate broad amnesty,” the agency quoted Council member Kirill Kabanov as having said. He added that jailed Bolotnaya activists and Pussy Riot members may be released under the amnesty which is aimed to mark the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution.
The draft resolution will be submitted to President Vladimir Putin for approval on October 15.
Three Pussy Riot members received a two-year jail sentence in August 2012 after being found guilty of hooliganism for performing a raucous protest song at Mosow's Christ the Savior Cathedral against the re-election of Vladimir Putin as president earlier that year.
In October 2012, one of the convict's verdict was changed to a suspended sentence based on her new attorneys' argument that she had been seized by security guards prior to reaching the altar. Yekaterina Samutsevich was released immediately. The sentences of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were upheld.
The Bolotnaya case takes its name from the square in central Moscow where mass protests took place in May 2012. The rally ended in clashes between protesters and the police. Over 400 people were arrested and scores were injured when protesters briefly broke through police lines.