Russian lawmakers approve amnesty that could affect Pussy Riot, Greenpeace activists

By Isabel Gorst, December 18, 2013

MOSCOW — Lawmakers in Russia have approved a prison amnesty clearing the way for the early release of the two jailed members of Pussy Riot, attorneys for the controversial punk band said Wednesday.

Thirty Greenpeace activists awaiting trial for staging a protest at an oil rig in the Russian Arctic also are in line for pardons after last-minute amendments to the amnesty bill, which President Vladimir Putin proposed last week.

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