It is up to people to decide whether to cancel it or not - Bastrykin on moratorium on death penalty
The moratorium on the death penalty can only be canceled in Russia following a referendum, Russian Investigative Committee Head Alexander Bastrykin stated.
Such a decision can only be made following a referendum, Alexander Bastrykin said during his lecture in the Kutafin Moscow State Law University when answering a student’s question.
Bastrykin said death penalty can only be applied in exceptional cases, according to Committee official spokesperson Svetlana Petrenko. This includes those who committed major crimes and threaten the society.
Bastrykin favors humane actions and does not want to intimidate the public, Petrenko emphasized.
Bastrykin’s lecture was on origin and development of investigative practices in Russia and Committee’s current goals.
May we remind you that the moratorium on the death penalty has been in place in Russia since it joined the Council of Europe in 1996. Life in prison has been the maximum sentence in Russia since then.
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