Herasimenia, a three-time Olympic medallist, was among the elite athletes who fled Belarus in the wake of a crackdown against those who protested what they said was the fraudulent re-election of Alexander Lukashenko in August, 2020.
The protests were sparked by the ousting of former President Pedro Castillo on Dec. 7 in an impeachment vote.
Those political prisoners who have been sentenced to life imprisonment will not be considered for remission of their jail term.
Manichan was released from Nettukaltheri open jail after the Supreme Court ordered the Kerala government to release him without collecting Rs 30.45 lakh fine.
Manichan who was an accused in the Kalluvathukkal hooch tragedy and lodged in the Central Jail was transferred to the open jail as part of character correction.
Three kilograms of marijuana were smuggled under the pretext of vegetables
The sale of ganja, alcohol and beedi is allegedly centered around the second block. As the jail authorities have little control over the block, there is virtually no checking here.
Her sentencing could now pave the way for a US-Russia prisoner swap that would include the 31-year-old athlete and an imprisoned Russian who was once a prolific arms dealer.
George had surrendered at the Palarivattom Police Station in Ernakulam by Wednesday evening.
Those serving sentences for a host of offences, including sexual crimes against women and children, will not be released.