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The legislation softens the punishment for those who have committed economic crimes.

President Viktor Yanukovych on Dec. 13 signed the decriminalization law and narrowed the range of crimes for which a person can be detained and kept in prison, changing the punishment from imprisonment to a fine.

The move was long advocated for by both international institutions and Ukrainian lawyers and human rights activists to replace articles in a law that widely uses detention as the main punishment for most crimes, including economic.

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