Leaked: Pussy Riot, Greenpeace activists included in draft amnesty

The members of the Pussy Riot punk band, Greenpeace activists and protesters jailed after the May 2012 Bolotnaya demonstration will be freed in an amnesty dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution, Izvestia newspaper claims.  According to the paper, between 20,000 and 22,000 prisoners could reportedly be released under the amnesty bill. The Kremlin’s press service has confirmed that the document has been submitted to the Duma by the president. Three members of the Pussy Riot punk band were each sentenced to two years in prison after staging a protest in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral in February 2012, although one member of the band was later released on appeal. The 30 Greenpeace activists are currently on bail and awaiting trial after an attempt to board Russia’s Prirazlomnaya oil platform in the Barents Sea this September. The so-called Bolotnaya prisoners are people who were detained following riots on Bolotnaya Square in central Moscow in May 2012. DETAILS TO FOLLOW ON RT

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