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Senator Klishas opposed the return of the death penalty in Russia

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Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building Andrey Klishas, ​​during a press conference at the Izvestia Information Center on July 27, spoke out against the return of the death penalty in Russia.

Referring to the statements of the head of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation Valery Zorkin, he recalled that the moratorium on the death penalty in the country is not a consequence of the entry of the Russian Federation into the Council of Europe, adding that the situation can change only if a new Constitution is adopted.

“I am opposed to the return of the death penalty. <...> I want to separately note that our legal system [выносимые в Донецкой и Луганской народных республиках приговоры о смертной казни наемников] are not relevant. This happens in sovereign states, our constitutional and legal regime does not apply to other states,” Klishas emphasized.

Earlier, on June 29, Zorkin during the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum said that the Russian Federation should not abandon the moratorium on the death penalty, despite the calls of some politicians.

As the head of the Constitutional Court added, it is possible to return the death penalty in the country only if a new Constitution is adopted. In addition, the Russian Federation, having acceded to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, has undertaken to introduce a moratorium on the death penalty, and within three years after signing the convention, to ban the death penalty.

Disputes about whether capital punishment should be applied in Russia arise regularly. Draft laws suggesting the introduction of the death penalty for certain crimes were submitted to the State Duma as early as 2015.

In 2017, the chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation Alexander Bastrykin, giving a lecture to students of the Moscow State Law Academy named after. O.E. Kutafin, said that the abolition of the moratorium on the death penalty is permissible only on the basis of the results of a referendum, and that punishment should be applied only in exceptional cases.

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