• Putin Pardons Russian Woman Charged for ‚Treasonous‘ Text Messages "Russian security agents arrested Sevastidi in January 2015, claiming that the friend to whom she had sent the messages had been a Georgian spy. She was eventually sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment. Putin’s pardon, which comes into force on March 12, 2017, says that it was signed on “the principles of humanity.” Sevastidi's lawyer, Yevgeny Smirnov, told the Interfax news agency that his client could not remember appealing to Putin for a pardon."
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