Thursday, December 19, 2013

Russia approves amnesty covering Pussy Riot, Greenpeace

Henry Meyer
Bloomberg
December 18, 2013

http://www.notevenpast.org/listen/pussy-riot
Russian lawmakers approved an amnesty today that includes the 30 Greenpeace crew facing hooliganism charges for an Arctic drilling protest.

The State Duma, or lower house of parliament, adopted changes to the bill to cover those facing trial who haven’t yet been convicted, the environmental organization said in an e-mailed statement. The law was passed unanimously in its final version today, according to state news service RIA Novosti.

The amnesty helps mark the 20th anniversary of Russia’s constitution, which was on Dec. 12, and comes as the country prepares to stage the Winter Olympics in Sochi on Feb. 7-23. It will apply to 20,000 to 22,000 people, according to human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin.

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