Almost 50% of Russians want death penalty back
Most believe that raping minors should be punished by death.
About half of Russians believe that Russia should return the death penalty, reported Interfax with reference to a survey by the Levada Center.
According to the study, 33% of the those surveyed spoke in favor of bringing back the death penalty as it was in the early 90's. The majority of the supporters are people over 40.
Another 16% of respondents said execution should be practiced on a bigger scale than it was before.
Sociologists note that 72% of respondents believe that rapists of minors deserve capital punishment, 64% mentioned serial murders, 45% premeditated murder, 44% terrorism, 39% drug trafficking, 18% treason, and 12% attempt on the life of the head of state.
According to the survey, 21% of Russians want to keep the moratorium on the death penalty, which is currently in force in the Russian Federation, those who think it should be completely abolished amounted to 19% with more than a third of people aged 19-24 speaking in favor of that. About 10% of respondents said they found it difficult to answer the question.
The death penalty has not been abolished by law in Russia but there has been a moratorium on such punishment for criminals since 1996, with life imprisonment as alternative.
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