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Senior Russian MP calls for reintroducing death sentences for terrorists

December 30, 2013, 19:53 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, December 30, 18:53 /ITAR-TASS/. Russian state must issue death sentences for terrorism and crimes against children, which entail their death, MP Irina Yarovaya, the chairperson of the State Duma committee for security and counteraction to corruption said in a televised interview Monday.

“I strongly support the demands that the crimes like terrorism or the offenses of children entailing their deaths be punishable by death sentences,” Yarovaya told the Rossiya’24 channel.

Along with this, she recommended that attention be concentrated now on the measures capable of preventing a repetition of the crimes like the acts of suicide bombing committed Sunday afternoon and Monday morning in the southern city of Volgograd where more than thirty people died.

“The whole spectrum of law enforcement agencies has been mobilized now to assure the main item on the agenda, namely, the prevention of other crimes, as well as protection of people’s lives and health,” Yarovaya said. “Mobilization of the forces of law and order should go hand-in-hand with mobilization of public quarters for the purpose of preventing new crimes.”

Earlier in the day, the leaders of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia came up with a proposal to reintroduce death penalty for terrorists but the chairman of the parliamentary committee for civilian, criminal, arbitrational, and procedural legislation, Pavel Krasheninnikov, said the parliamentary faction of the United Russia party would never consider an option of this kind.

“We’re not discussing a return of death penalty which anyway won’t be an efficacious measure for someone who has come someplace to commit an act of suicide bombing,” Krasheninnikov said.

“We are not discussing a return of death penalties because they don’t influence anything - either terrorist or crimes of other types,” he said.

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