Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Russia: Comeback for Pardons?

The Associated Press reports Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has "signaled" that he "may pardon more convicts than his predecessor, Vladimir Putin, who all but ended the practice during his eight-year term." Indeed, Putin abolished a presidential pardon commission early in his presidency. Ekho Moskvy radio claims more than 70,000 people were pardoned over nine years by recommendation of the commission Mr. Putin abolished in 2001. But the total dropped to only 42 in 2005 and nine in 2006. No one was pardoned in 2007 — the last full year of Putin's presidency. See story here.

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