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Anniversary of the State Duma will be marked by the amnesty

April 19 2006

The State Duma in connection with the centenary of Russian parliamentarism has announced an amnesty.

It is assumed that under its action will get 2-3 thousand convicted of petty crimes and 10-15 thousand people under trial and investigation.

Fall under the amnesty minors and persons, majority of which occurred after the crime. The amnesty will affect pregnant women and women with minor children and senior citizens - women over 55 and men over 60, according to Interfax.

In Russia, Amnesty has a long tradition. Hundred Chapters Church in 1551 proposed a rule under which the Easter should be free "prison sideltsev, who convicted of minor crimes. Since that time in Russia regularly published the tsar's manifesto on the various events: the ascension to the throne, the king's illness, or members of the royal family at the end of the war, the anniversary of the reign, etc.

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