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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Seleznyov Wants Mercy

NEW DELHI, India -- Russia's parliamentary speaker asked the Indian Parliament to show mercy to five ethnic Russian convicted in an arms smuggling case, news agencies reported Wednesday.

Gennady Seleznyov, who is in India on an official visit, asked for leniency for the men convicted in Calcutta last month of smuggling weapons to Indian revolutionaries, Press Trust of India and United News of India reported.

The five ethnic Russian, along with one Briton were sentenced to life terms of hard labor. Seleznyov made his request during a meeting Tuesday with a group of Indian parliament members, United News of India reported.