IZHEVSK, December 9. /Corr. Eugene Samushkova/. The Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia Alexander Bastrykin has advocated the death penalty, noting that his Agency is subject to applicable Russian laws.
About this Bastrykin said in Izhevsk in the event memory of the deceased at the hands of the rapist and murderer of 13-year-old boy.
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“I personally advocate the death penalty, primarily as people,” he said.
“I’m not afraid of criticism when you start to criticize me or anyone who expresses such thoughts. No need to dissemble. Evil must be punished. Took someone else’s life, especially the life of a child – will pay her”, he said. According to Bastrykin, the people who commit these serious crimes, “no place on earth”.
Bastrykin noted that he works in law enforcement since 1975 and knows from experience criminals who “crossed through”, but “not broken just through your own life.” “How much do I remember of the time when the bandits, terrorists in the 1990s years, only asked for one thing: save my life, and when they were reminded that they took somebody’s life, Yes not one, they began to weep and ask for mercy,” said Chairman of the SC.
However, he noted that his office is subject to applicable laws of Russia. “The investigative Committee is always subordinate to the spirit and letter of the law”, – said Bastrykin.
The Position Of The Kremlin
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In the Kremlin come from the moratorium on the death penalty, new points of view Putin is not voiced
In April 2013 Putin during the “Straight line” called the return of the death penalty is impractical, explaining that, according to experts, “the tougher penalties will not lead to the elimination of the offences of crime”.
The President then cited the example of the Roman Empire, where the punishment for stealing was death penalty. The greatest number of thefts occurred precisely at the time of execution, because a lot of people gathered in the square.
“I understand citizens’ indignation and desire to punish criminals. The question of efficiency”, – continued the head of state. He also reminded about the existence of life imprisonment.
The abolition of the death penalty in Russia. Background
After joining in February 1996 to the Council of Europe Russia undertook to cease executions and adopt a law on the abolition of capital punishment. In may 1996 signed a presidential decree on the gradual reduction in the use of the death penalty and in August of the same year imposed a moratorium on executions.
From 1 January 1997, entered into force the new criminal code of the Russian Federation, in which the death penalty as an exceptional measure of punishment was established only for especially grave crimes encroaching on life. Such crimes are murder (when there are aggravating circumstances); an encroachment on life state or the public figure; encroachment on the life of a person administering justice or preliminary investigations; attempt on the life of a law enforcement officer; genocide. In April 1997, Russia signed Protocol 6 to the European Convention for the protection of human rights, which provides for the complete abolition of the death penalty.
2 February 1999 the constitutional court introduced a moratorium on the death penalty until the introduction throughout the country of trial by jury. 19 November 2009 the constitutional court extended the moratorium until the ratification of the Russian Federation of Protocol 6 to the European Convention for the protection of human rights.