Russian President Vladimir Putin at the meeting of the Human Rights Council (HRC) supported the idea of amnesty for certain categories of women who are serving time in prison for non-violent crimes.
The idea of amnesty was presented by Eva Merkacheva, a member of the Ukrainian Communist Party of Ukraine. Russian m media and Telegram channels write that in her report she mentioned, among other things, the sentence of former Kommersant journalist Alexandra Bayazitova. Recently, the court sentenced her to five years in prison in the case of extortion from the top manager of Promsvyazbank. At the same time, the victim himself asked the court to impose a conditional sentence on Bayazitova.
“The examples you gave are convincing. And I think that it is necessary to prepare and make appropriate decisions, including the amnesty of certain categories of women,” Putin said.
Whether Merkacheva mentioned the cases of other convicted or arrested women, for example, the artist Sasha Skochylenko or director Evgenia Berkovich and playwright Svetlana Petriychuk, is not reported.
- On November 16, the Vasileostrovsky District Court of St. Petersburg sentenced Sasha Skochylenko to seven years in prison, finding her guilty of spreading so-called fakes about the army. The reason for the case was the anti-war action of the artist: she replaced the price tags in the store with stickers with information about the number of victims of the war in Ukraine and calls to stop it. The artist spent about one and a half years in a pre-trial detention center.
- A criminal case on the public justification of terrorism against Evgenia Berkovich and Svetlana Petriychuk was initiated in early May, and they have been in pretrial detention since the same month. The reason for the persecution was the play “Finist Yasny Sokol”, staged by Berkovych based on the play by Petrychuk. The play tells about the fate of Russian women who married Islamic radicals and were subsequently recruited into the terrorist group “Islamic State”. The play is based on real cases.
- In December of last year, Merkacheva appealed to Putin with a request to cancel detention in pre-trial detention centers for women who have committed non-violent crimes. The president then promised that he would take care of this issue.
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