Dmitry Medvedev proposes to remember the Great Patriotic War and think about the return of the death penalty

The Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council raised the question of the punishment for Ukrainian saboteurs.  Photo: Ekaterina Shtukina/POOL/TASS

The Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council raised the question of the punishment for Ukrainian saboteurs. Photo: Ekaterina Shtukina/POOL/TASS

At least several thousand people, citizens of Ukraine and other states, breathed a sigh of relief when the LDNR, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions became part of the Russian Federation. This, of course, is about prisoners who are in various places of restriction of freedom, and whose crimes are being investigated. They exhaled for the reason that the death penalty, which could threaten some or many of them for the committed acts, is not applied in Russia. Here they exhaled. Relief.

Exhaled? And now breathe in – Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev made a statement today. In fact, we are already accustomed to the new Medvedev – a tough, consistent anti-Westernist who puts Russia’s interests above all else. But the current statement of Dmitry Anatolyevich is noticeable in the general series even against this background.

– A variety of Zhovto-Blakit saboteurs began to operate on the territory of Russia. Young foreign students, who had just come of age, disabled several railway facilities in Ufa. Like, because they do not agree with the policy of our country, – wrote Medvedev stated in his TG channel. – That is, we took these freaks at home, gave them the opportunity to get an education. In response, terrorist attacks and sabotage. In the same row is what “ours”, so to speak, citizens are doing, setting fire to military registration and enlistment offices and destroying other state facilities. I’m not talking about the murders by Ukrainian terrorists of our citizens on our territory.

Indeed, the FSB officers detained in Ufa 3 foreign students, apparently from Tajikistan, who began to carry out sabotage on the railway. They may face the article “terrorism” and imprisonment for up to 20 years. But not only Medvedev thinks that this “will not be enough.” The other day there were reports that Ukrainian saboteurs blew up two Ka-52 helicopters 600 kilometers from the front line, and damaged another one. But this is at least the military personnel of the country at war with us. They have a service. But all kinds of half-wits and scumbags have become more active in a number of regions, they are engaged in subversive activities.

What does Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev propose?

“It must be remembered that during the Great Patriotic War, no one fought with the saboteurs who, on the orders of the Nazi assassins, carried out subversive work in the rear,” he believes. – There was only one sentence for such scoundrels – execution without trial or investigation. Right at the crime scene. Because if you are a traitor who committed such a crime in wartime, then you have no age, no nationality, or even the right to defend your life.

True, there is one but. In Russia, the death penalty is really not applied. In 1999, the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation ruled that it was impossible to impose the death penalty until jury trials were launched throughout the country. And in 2009, he also ruled that no courts can no longer even pass death sentences.

– Any use of the death penalty will mean our withdrawal from the European Convention, and hence from the Council of Europe. So, in fact, we have the complete abolition of the death penalty – in my opinion, this is an absolutely clear legal position, – Vladimir Lukin, then Commissioner for Human Rights, explained in 2009.

In August 2012, Franz Klintsevich, who was then deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Defense, proposed to return the death penalty for war criminals, pedophiles and major corrupt officials. But he received a negative response to the initiative from the then head of the presidential council for human rights, Mikhail Fedotov.

– This position cannot be undone. Only if the current Constitution is revised. I think that discussions on this topic will rise, because there are people who believe that the time has come for repressions, but this is not so, it has not come and will never come, Fedotov, who served as head of the HRC, told him.

It’s just that times have changed. And we left the Council of Europe, and we are not going to return there. And Dmitry Medvedev is clearly a better lawyer than the historian Lukin and no worse than Mikhail Fedotov, a human rights activist and former member of the political council of the Nemtsov and Chubais party “Union of Right Forces”. And, by the way, if you read his text carefully, then he does not offer execution without trial or investigation. But, it seems, he believes that the highest measure of social protection would be very timely now.

– In modern Russia there is a moratorium on the death penalty. Very humane. Unlike, by the way, from all the largest countries with nuclear weapons (USA, China, India). Although, I emphasize once again, even within the framework of the current Constitution, the moratorium on the death penalty can be overcome, if necessary, by changing the legal positions of the Constitutional Court of Russia, – Medvedev concluded his post and emphasized what was at stake in this case. – This is a matter of choosing means to protect the interests of our people, the state and society.

PS KBy the way, the death penalty exists among Russia’s geopolitical opponents and is actively used not only in the United States, but also in Japan. And no one is going to cancel it there. From 2000 to the current 2022, 954 people were executed in 27 US states, and the execution of minors was stopped only in 2005. And in Japan, from 2018 to the present, 22 criminals have been executed. At the same time, Japan has the smallest number of murders, for which the highest measure is assigned. After Singapore, where the death penalty is also practiced.

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