2022-01-12 15:46:00

Death penalty impossible in Russia - State Duma committee head

Moscow, January 12, Interfax - The death penalty cannot be introduced in Russia for several reasons, including legal and emotional ones, Russian State Duma Committee on Legislation and State-Building head Pavel Krasheninnikov said.

"It [the death penalty] is impossible for various reasons," Krasheninnikov told a press conference on Wednesday.

There are legal reasons, such as Russia joining Protocol No. 6 to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, as well as the moratorium declared by the Russian president.

There are also emotional reasons, he said. "I know we have a huge number of judicial errors, they exist not only in Russia, but also in other countries," he said. "This situation is irreversible, even if it later turns out that it was a judicial error, the person will already be dead," Krasheninnikov said.

Besides, this approach is unacceptable from a scientific viewpoint, Krasheninnikov said, saying that "the presence or absence of the death penalty has no influence on crime."

"We have passed this period, thank God, I hope we won't go back to it," Krasheninnikov said.