Over 100 businessmen released under economic amnesty
A total of 107 people have been released under the so-called economic amnesty in Russia, the press service of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service told Interfax.
"In conjunction with the State Duma resolution on an amnesty dated July 2, 2013, 58 probationers and 11 people from prisons were released. Moreover, 38 people kept in pretrial detention centers were released in line with decisions made by either the investigators or judges," the press service reported.
Russia to pardon 3,000 white-collar criminals
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Articles eligible for pardon
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