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Russian upper house speaker urges to set up international tribunal for terrorism crimes

November 20, 2015, 10:59 UTC+3
"Today marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the famous Nuremberg process that condemned the military crimes of fascist Germany’s accomplices," Valentina Matviyenko notes
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Valentina Matviyenko

Valentina Matviyenko

© Russian Federation Council press service

MOSCOW, November 20. /TASS/. Russian upper house Speaker Valentina Matviyenko urged on Friday to set up an international tribunal to denounce terrorism crimes.

"Today marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the famous Nuremberg process that condemned the military crimes of fascist Germany’s accomplices. We should take efforts with our partners to achieve setting up an international tribunal to severely punish terrorists and their accomplices who committed horrible crimes against humanity," Matviyenko said.

Federation Council Speaker urged to provide legislative support for anti-terror activity but ruled out any excess measures.

"I believe that additional, including legislative measures are undoubtedly needed but these should be weighed efforts and we should not slide into taking excess measures or limiting the constitutional rights and freedoms of Russian citizens and we should prevent any departure from the principles of a law-governed state," Matviyenko said at a joint session of both houses of Russia’s parliament.

Russian senators have been receiving appeals lately from citizens and public organizations with proposals on countering terrorism, she said.

"It is proposed to expand the powers of security services and law-enforcement agencies in this area and tighten criminal liability not only for terrorist activity but also for moral, financial or other support and for instigation," the upper house speaker said.

According to Matviyenko, law-enforcement agencies and special services in Russia are now doing much to provide security. Specifically, security has been tightened at airports and other places of holding mass events.

However, "there can be no much security" and "any system needs improvement," Matviyenko said.

"Citizens should assist security services in everything and be aware of their responsibility," the upper house speaker said.

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