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MOSCOW, February 7 (Itar-Tass) — On Tuesday the Russian State Duma will consider the 2nd reading of the government-proposed bill introducing life imprisonment for drug barons and pedophiles.
The penalty applies to crimes related to drug trafficking "in particularly large amounts." At present, the maximum penalty for drug trafficking is 20 years. The document proposes a more a severe punishment ( up to 12 years in prison) for sale of psychedelic substances in remand prisons or at educational facilities. The penalty for illegal acquisition, storing , transportation, production and processing of psychedelic substances without the objective to sell them in particularly large amounts would be 10 to 15 years with a fine of up to 500,000 roubles.
Additionally, the lower house is expected to review the 3rd, final reading of the president's bill on toughening the punishment for pedophiles. The new legislation rules out parole for child molesters, convicted for crimes against minors under 14 years of age.
Chairwoman of the house committee on family, women and children Yelena Mizulina said the upgrading of penalties applies to such procedures as parole, deferment and softer punishment, which henceforth will be canceled for the convicted child molesters.
Among the proposed medical measures is chemical castration for the offenders convicted for sex crimes against minors under 14 years of age. The new legislation takes out the principle of "awareness of the victim's age," which implies that criminal prosecution of such maniacs will be immediate regardless of whether or not the culprit was aware of the child's age.
Lastly, the sex crimes against children under 12 years of age will be considered "violent crimes" and might be punished by life imprisonment.