The Human Rights Council of the Russian Federation has supported the idea of the amnesty, associated with the third anniversary of the Crimea’s annexation. Thus, Chairman of the HRC Mikhail Fedotov has called it «a good pretext» to announce the amnesty in the whole Russia for the individuals, who committed «non-violent crimes». He has also informed that the HRC could prepare a corresponding draft.
Co-Chairman of the HRC temporary working group on human rights in the Crimea Nikolay Svanidze has also supported the idea of the whole-Russian amnesty.
First Deputy Head of Russia’s Federation Council on constitutional legislation and state construction Alexey Aleksandrov has also supported this idea. «I stand for amnesty anytime, as long as there is an opportunity to hold it and grant amnesty to someone, I believe this is good,» — Aleksandrov has said.
Lawyers Mykola Polozov, Mark Feigin addressed to Mr. Fedotov asking to facilitate the amnesty for the «political prisoners» in the Crimea. The lawyers asked the HRC Chairman to come up with an initiative of the amnesty «before the state bodies of the Russian Federation», in order «to stop the roller of the electoral repressions,» — Kommersant writes.
Deputy Head of Medjlis Nariman Dzhelialov believes that the amnesty «will not affect» most Crimean political prisoners, as the majority of their cases are still under consideration in courts. «Another thing which perturbs us is that the amnesty means forgiveness of a guilty person. We, on the contrary, insist that these people have been convicted for nothing, due to sheer political motives,» — Dzhelialov has added.