Russias Medvedev Says Moscow May Revise Moratorium On Death Penalty If Necessary

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – twenty fifth March, 2022) Moscow could revise the moratorium on the demise penalty within the nation within the occasion of arising necessity, as there aren’t any extra worldwide restrictions on the matter after the suspension of Russia’s membership within the Council of Europe, Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev has advised Sputnik.

“This is a very complicated issue. It is the issue of the world outlook, philosophy and morale. One can have different attitudes toward the death penalty. Therefore, there have always been opposite points of view. Nevertheless, we can say the following now: the motive for several decisions adopted by the (Russian) Constitutional Court was undoubtedly driven by the participation of our country in the Council of Europe conventions. Now, these conventions are no longer valid for us,” Medvedev stated.

Medvedev added that the moratorium on the demise penalty is just not instantly associated to Russia’s membership within the Council of Europe, nonetheless, he stated, there aren’t any extra restrictions on the problem.

“This is a sovereign decision, it really has nothing to do directly with participation in the Council of Europe, although there is undoubtedly an internal link. There are no restrictions now in this sense, but it is a very complex issue, which concerns not only the legal but also the moral component because even the basic, canonical sources of various religions have very different answers to this question. And this is the first thing one pays attention to when discussing the topic of the death penalty in any given country,” Medvedev stated.

The deputy chairman stated that Europe deserted the usage of the demise penalty a while in the past, and Russia adopted this resolution. However, the United States, China and a number of other different nations nonetheless sentence to demise these criminals who had dedicated notably grave crimes, murders specifically.

“The contemporary situation is the following: international grounds are gone, there are internal legal positions of the Constitutional Court. These legal positions are based on the current legal order, on the current crime situation. I assume that if all is calm, these legal positions can remain as it were. But these legal positions are also not eternal, if something changes in the life of society, then these legal positions can also be revised,” Medvedev added.

The chairman stated that selections of the courtroom are usually not “a sacred scripture”, they will change. He recalled the historic instance of the reinstatement of the demise penalty within the Soviet Union after a surge in violent crimes, together with murders.

Medvedev earlier had stated that the suspension of Russia’s membership within the Council of Europe was “a good opportunity to restore a number of important institutions for the prevention of particularly grave crimes in the country, such as the death penalty for the most dangerous criminals.” Chairperson to Russian Presidential Human Rights Council Valery Fadeev has advised Sputnik that the query of the reinstatement of the demise penalty within the nation could come up within the investigation of warfare crimes.

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