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    Self-proclaimed healer Grigory Grabovoi will be released on parole on May 7, an official from the prosecutor's office in Russia's Perm Region said on Thursday.

    Self-proclaimed healer Grigory Grabovoi will be released on parole on May 7, an official from the prosecutor's office in Russia's Perm Region said on Thursday.

    Deputy prosecutor Yury Timofeyev said the Berezniki prosecutor's office had no plans to appeal the court's decision, saying there were "no grounds" for this.

    In 2005, Grabovoi made headlines all over the world when he promised to resurrect the children killed as Russian forces stormed a school that had been seized by Chechen militants in the North Caucasus town of Beslan. A total of 331 people, including 186 children, died in what has been referred to as Russia's 9/11.

    The decision to release Grabovoi, who has spent four years behind bars, including more than two years during an investigation, was taken after Grabovoi's lawyer filed a request to a Berezniki court.

    Grabovoi had denied all the charges, saying he had pursued political, public, religious and scientific activities in order to "bring benefit to people."

    In March 2008, the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that Grabovoi and his "social-political organization" - Drugg - had enjoyed the protection of high-up members of the Russian government and that the approval of then-president Vladimir Putin had been sought before his arrest in 2007.

    PERM, May 6 (RIA Novosti) 

     

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