The President asked for mercy
The presidential Council of the Russian Federation on human rights invited the head of the state to carry out administrative Amnesty.
According to the authors ideas, the Amnesty could ease the lives of millions of citizens — for example, drivers deprived of the rights of citizens who have committed economic crimes, violators of the immigration regime and the rules of holding rallies.
The HRC is ready to submit to the President their achievements under the Amnesty, which is proposed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the October revolution.
The head of the HRC Mikhail Fedotov hopes that President Vladimir Putin supported the proposal of the Council and will initiate an administrative Amnesty. “Our Code of administrative offences provides for a possibility of exemption from punishment in connection with Amnesty, but such amnesties in our history yet was not” — told “Kommersant” Mikhail Fedotov, calling his proposal a “groundbreaking move”.
“I think it would be very nice if the President made such an initiative,” he explained. According to the head of the HRC, it is crucial that supported the idea of an administrative Amnesty.
It is good that for people who have committed only an administrative offense, not a crime. It could be not thousands, but millions of people.Michael Fedotocheva HRC
A note with the concept of an Amnesty for the 100th anniversary of the October revolution, the head of the HRC, he said, has already transferred the first Deputy head of presidential administration Sergey Kiriyenko. The Council is ready to create a draft resolution, which the President may submit to the state Duma. Relevant developments the Council has confirmed to “Kommersant” Mr. Fedotov.
According to judicial Department at the Supreme court of the Russian Federation, in 2016, for administrative offences convicted of 6.4 million people.
Of these, 3.7 million people fined, and the state income has not been charged with fines for a total amount of 72 billion rubles, 1.1 million people were sent under arrest (with a maximum of 15 days). 496 thousand motorists, according to traffic police, had their licences revoked.
It would be nice if were amnestied the drivers and convicted for economic crimes, such as violation of trade rules.Ilya Subinstitution head of the Department of constitutional and administrative law student, a member of the HRC
He says the majority of fines in Cao — in the amount from 5 thousand to 20 thousand.
“It’s insignificant for the economy and will not affect the payment of pensions, but greatly facilitate the lives of citizens,” he said. Chairman of the Board of public observers Maria Kannabikh said “Kommersant” that in recent years has increased the number of calls to her with complaints about administrative arrest.
I’d like to see under the Amnesty were convicted for violations of the rules of holding rallies and violations of immigration rules.Andrew Babushkinskaya human rights organization “Committee for civil rights”
Mikhail Fedotov also speaks about the possibility of reducing the punishment of “reduction of fines and terms of deprivation of a special law — for example, a driver’s license or the right to engage in certain activities”.
According to a member of the Moscow Helsinki group Valery Borschev, the Amnesty will not be exempt from punishment: “Our judicial system is not credible — acquittals little. Offer HRC is more of an assessment of the work of the courts and the investigation.”
The first Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on state construction and legislation Yuri sinelschikov does not support the idea: “I am opposed to any Amnesty, because Amnesty is a situation in which is manifested the triumph of mercy over law, and I’m still for the rule of law. I understand when people sit for years but then that the Amnesty penalties? And when deprived of the driving license, there is rarely a situation where you have to show mercy”. However, Mr Sinel’shchikov “would look at the bill”.