MOSCOW — The Soviet Union on Friday decreed a limited prison amnesty to mark the 70th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, but it did not say how many people are involved or whether political prisoners were included.
The decree, published in the government daily Izvestia, appeared to cover more prisoners than previous releases.
The complex decree was issued by the Supreme Soviet. It occupied a quarter-page in Izvestia and was signed by Soviet President Andrei A. Gromyko.
Like other amnesties proclaimed for state holidays over the years, the latest order listed numerous exceptions, such as prisoners convicted of "especially dangerous crimes against the state."
That exception includes the "anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda" law under which many dissidents and human rights activists have been sentenced to prison and labor camp.