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Death penalty is not priority in anti-terror fight, minister says

January 17, 2014, 17:05 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Preventing terrorist attacks is the priority and not the use of death penalty as punishment for terrorists - Russia's Justice Minister
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MOSCOW, January 17. /ITAR-TASS/. The lifting of a moratorium on capital punishment is not the priority in fight against terrorism, Russian Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov said on Friday.

“I believe we have unused resources for revealing terrorist networks and terrorist resources. Preventing terrorist attacks is the priority and not the use of death penalty as punishment for terrorists,” he said. If Russia lifted a moratorium on capital punishment, it would have to leave the Council of Europe, he added.

After the terrorist attacks in the Volga River city of Volgograd on December 29 and 30, deputies from the Communist faction in the State Duma lower house of parliament said a harsh reaction was needed, including a possible lifting of the moratorium on death penalty.

The head of the State Duma committee for public and religious organizations, Yaroslav Nilov from the Liberal Democratic Party, supported death penalty for terrorists.

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