Monday, January 11, 2010

More Mercy in Moscow than in D.C.

The Moscow Times reports President Dmitry Medvedev has pardoned 21 first-time offenders convicted of minor offenses in recognition of Orthodox Christmas. The action is also reported to be "a solid departure from the trend set by his predecessor" (Vladimir Putin) who pardoned 187 people in 2003 but only one in 2008. According to the Times, Medvedev pardoned 28 people last year. Medvedev is also said to have made "the liberalization of the justice system one of his priorities as president." President Boris Yeltsin pardoned thousands of people every year in the 1990s. See story here.

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