MOSCOW, February 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Leader of the LDPR party Vladimir Zhirinovsky urged to reduce footage of terrorist acts and crime scenes on Russian television to a minimum.
"The recent tragic incident, in which a schoolboy shot dead a teacher and a policeman, a shooting incident in a cathedral in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and two previous armed incidents in Moscow and Belgorod have a similar reason behind - broad publicity given to terrorists by the press”, Zhirinovsky explained.
"The schoolboy now in prison even asks for the same things brought to him in prison as Norwegian killer Breivik did. Breivik used to ask for sweets, while his Russian "counterpart" has ordered his favorite biscuit to be brought to him in prison. The Russian schoolboy has been imitating the conduct of the other one like beginners do when he first start smoking: actually, none of them really wants to smoke, but they watch grown-ups smoking or see smokers in the movies; i.e. the beginners simply follow someone's else example," the LDPR leader explained.
"Thanks God it has not acquired a mass character yet. But if every month someone guns down someone at school, in a cathedral, a shop or at an office all citizens in Russia will be in a risk zone then,": Zhirinovsky said.
"We will press ahead for amending the federal law, and demand that no information be released about any terrorist act of this kind,"' Zhirinovsky stressed.
He gave an example as to how, in his opinion, the recent notorious incident at the Moscow school should be presented in the mass media. His version is as follows: "a schoolboy has committed a crime at a Moscow school; a teacher and a policeman were killed". "No details, no footage, no names, nothing," Zhirinovsky said. In two months' time the press should report that the criminal was sentenced to a certain prison term; Zhirinovsky added.
"Then, they (potential criminals) should realize that they will get no publicity. Now, the schoolboy faces a ten- year prison term, but given his age, the prison term will most likely be reduced to six years. Then, he might become eligible for early release a head of term, but his victims - the teacher and the policeman, are already in their graves," Zhirinovsky said.
Measures needed to prevent publicity given to acts of violence, including by means of popularization of such acts by means of computer games, have been widely discussed after a tragic incident at a Moscow school in the northeast of Moscow, where a school student of a senior form gunned down a geography teacher and one of the two policemen summoned to school.