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Russia's business amnesty kicks off with a handful freed

MOSCOW (Reuters) - An amnesty for Russia's jailed entrepreneurs, ordered by President Vladimir Putin, has begun with 13 people freed so far, the country's business ombudsman said on Tuesday.Full story

Glimmer of hope for Russia's jailed entrepreneurs

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Sergei Bobylyov once ran a successful chain of computer shops in Russia called Sunrise. Now, the 43-year-old father of two is serving nine years for fraud in a case his family blames on a corrupt legal system abused by people out to steal his business. Full story

Russia eyes amnesty for economic crime - but selectively

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Thousands of Russian entrepreneurs jailed for economic crimes could be a step closer to freedom after President Vladimir Putin said on Friday a draft amnesty bill was ready and may be taken up by parliament before its summer break. Full story

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