Thursday, February 2, 2012

Medvedev’s Rights Councils Suggests Pardoning Khodorkovsky

A working group of the Presidential Council for Human Rights proposed pardoning 30 defendants and convicts, including former YUKOS managers Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev. The list of those to be pardoned includes five scholars, twelve entrepreneurs (convicted in relation to their business activities), five alleged terrorists, and eight persons convicted (in the opinion of the working group) in relation to their civil protest activity. Working group member Tamara Morshchakova, formerly a Constitutional court Judge, opined that no formal petition of a convict (admitting guilt) is needed for the President to issue a pardon decree. Earlier, President Dmitry Medvedev stated that such a petition is necessary.

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