Agence France-PresseFebruary 12, 2014 12:02
Thousands of Russians are jailed every year for crimes they did not commit, the country's prosecutor-general said Wednesday.
"Over the past three years, 14,261 people have been unlawfully prosecuted," Prosecutor-General Yury Chaika told legislators, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported.
"People are spending years in jail without any legal basis," Chaika said.
Chaika added that more than 4,600 people had been illegally detained and held in custody over the same period.