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Russian parliament includes Greenpeace crew in proposed amnesty bill

Russia's parliament has amended an amnesty bill to include the 30-member crew of a Greenpeace ship detained after a protest at a floating oil rig in the Arctic

The State Duma Wednesday morning adopted final amendments to the bill which gives amnesty to thousands of Russians, mainly minors, invalids, veterans, pregnant women, and women with children. The vote is expected on Wednesday afternoon.

The amnesty was extended to suspects of hooliganism, which means that charges against 30 people abroad a Greenpeace ship who were detained after a protest in Russia's Arctic in September are likely to be dropped. The bill is also expected to release jailed members of the Pussy Riot members serving two years in prison on charges of hooliganism for an impromptu protest at Moscow's main cathedral.