After Russia’s withdrawal from the Council of Europe, said Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, “there are no restrictions” for the return of the death penalty in Russia:
“It really has nothing to do directly with participation in the Council of Europe, although there is no doubt that there is an internal connection here. Now there are no restrictions in this sense, but this is a very complex issue, which concerns not only the legal, but also the moral component.”
The Deputy Chairman of the Security Council also noted that the participation of the Russian Federation in the CE conventions was the “motivating motive” for the adoption of a number of decisions of the Constitutional Court (Constitutional Court), including the introduction of a moratorium on the death penalty. Now these conventions have “lost force for us,” quotes “New Newspaper”.
Medvedev noted that if “everything is calm”, then the moratorium will remain, but:
“Legal positions are not eternal, and if something changes in the life of society, then they can also be revised. Because even the decisions of the Constitutional Court are not holy scripture, they can change. There have been such periods in the history of our country.”
Earlier, Pavel Chikov, the head of Agora, stated that Russia’s withdrawal from the Council of Europe does not entail the automatic return of the death penalty – a moratorium on its use was introduced by decree of the President of the Russian Federation of May 16, 1996 and confirmed by the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation.