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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Duma Drafts Victory Day Amnesty

The State Duma has drafted an amnesty timed to celebrations commemorating the end of World War II, a limited measure set to benefit mostly veterans. The amnesty bill as described by its authors does not relate to people accused of economic crimes -- such as Yukos owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Pavel Krasheninnikov, the head of the Duma's Defense Committee, said that only World War II veterans, former inmates of Nazi death camps and people who survived the siege of Leningrad would qualify. "The proposed amnesty won't be a broad one; it will relate to a comparatively small number of convicts," he said in a statement. Narrow as it is, the measure could still be expanded by lawmakers when they consider the bill.

Khodorkovsky's legal team has said he could be pardoned under the May 9 amnesty.