State Duma lawmakers unanimously declare amnesty
Criminal amnesties in Russia
In 2013, two broad amnesties extending to various categories of convicted criminals entered into effect in Russia. On July 2, a bill proposing an economic crime amnesty was approved by the State Duma, as a result of which about 1,300 prisoners convicted for economic crimes have been released from custody. On December 18, the State Duma unanimously adopted a draft bill on the presidential amnesty, which had been arranged to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Constitution of the Russian Federation. This sweeping amnesty applied to prisoners convicted of having committed non-violent crimes and allowed for their release, as well as stipulating that charges against detainees should be dropped.