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Russian Human Rights Activists Congratulate Amnestied Political Prisoners

  • Tuesday, January 15, 13:36

Tbilisi. Russian human rights activists stress the importance of adoption of the Amnesty Law in Georgia and congratulate 190 political prisoners, released in Georgia on Sunday, January 13.

Georgian media outlets released a statement, signed by the leading Russian activists - Lyudmila Alekseeva, Sergey Kovalev, Aleksey Semenov, Yuri Rizhov and Ernst Cherniy, on Monday, January 14.

"The final step that Georgia needs to take is the rehabilitation of the victims of political reprisals. We congratulate all released political prisoners, as well as Georgia, with the return onto the democratic path," it is statement in the statement.

Russian human rights activists also pointed out that "Russia should go a long way for holding fair elections, release and rehabilitation of political prisoners" and "the people-elect government is required for that."

More than three thousand people are expected to leave prison under the amnesty law. Many prisoners will be cut their terms of imprisonment. Individuals, declared under the Georgian Parliament's corresponding decree as political prisoners, were released first.

The Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance of Georgia shall, in two weeks' time, submit the cases of other prisoners to court in order to determine the articles, within the scope of which this or that particular prisoner falls.

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