MOSCOW, November 2. /TASS/. A moratorium on the death penalty in Russia "can be overridden" if necessary, Deputy Secretary of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev warned on Wednesday in comments on pro-Ukrainian sabotage attacks.
"A moratorium on capital punishment is in place in modern-day Russia," Medvedev blogged on his Telegram channel. "However, I emphasize once again that even within the framework of the current constitution, the moratorium on the death penalty can be overridden if necessary with a change in the legal positions of the Constitutional Court of Russia. It is a matter of choosing the means to protect the interests of our people, the state and society," he stressed.
This is quite humane, the moratorium, he went on to say. Other major powers possessing nuclear weapons (the US, China and India) don’t have it, he pointed out.
Terror attacks and acts of sabotage
Various pro-Ukrainian saboteurs have started to operate on Russian territory, he said. According to Medvedev, there are young foreign students among them, who have disabled several railroad facilities in Ufa - allegedly "because they disagree with the policies" of Russia.
"So we welcomed these freaks and gave them an opportunity to get an education. In response, we have seen terrorist attacks and sabotage. On a par with them are Russian citizens, setting fire to military recruitment centers and destroying other government facilities, he went on to say. "To say nothing about the murders of our citizens on our own territory by Ukrainian terrorists," the politician stressed.
However, it is not about specific cases, whether they involve Russians or foreign nationals, he stressed, getting back to the Great Patriotic War times. "No one molly-coddled the saboteurs, who were engaged in subversive activity on the home front by orders from Nazi butchers," he stressed.
"There was only one sentence for such scoundrels - execution without trial. Right at the scene of the crime. Because if you are a traitor who committed such a crime in wartime, you have no age, no nationality, and not even the right to defend your life," the politician summed up.