Moscow, December 29, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has stated that its documents don't mention the need to completely abandon the death penalty, but such a punishment can't be the only guarantee of public safety.
As reported, the website of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation published a book by the Chairman of the Constitutional Court Valery Zorkin Constitutional Justice: Procedure and Essence, where the author allowed the abolition of the moratorium on the death penalty in Russia, expressing, however, hope that the country will be able to refrain from such a step.
In turn, Vakhtang Kipshidze, deputy chairman of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations, reminded Interfax that the Fundamentals of Social Concept of the Moscow Patriarchate doesn't fix the position aimed at a total ban on the death penalty. "And we know that such a ban cannot be deduced from the history of the Church, from the practice of its relations with the state. We also know that there are different points of view among believers on the permissibility or inadmissibility of the death penalty," the source added.
At the same time, he expressed the opinion that the absence of the death penalty in Russian society at the moment is a "positive phenomenon", and the Church gets the opportunity "to make efforts aimed at working with criminals sentenced to life, testifying to them about the need for repentance."
The representative of the Church doesn't agree that death penalty is the best guarantee of non-repetition of those crimes for which such a punishment was previously imposed. "It seems to me that no less a guarantee of security for society is the isolation of such people for life or for such a long period as is necessary to ensure the safety of everyone else," Kipshidze said.