Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Medvedev Submits To Duma Draft Law On Punishment For Terrorists

Posted by Info on 30/04/2011

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has submitted to the Duma the draft law “On changes and amendments to Articles 73 and 81 of the Criminal Punishment Code of the Russian Federation.”

According to a general rule, established by Parts 1 and 2 of Article 73 of the Criminal Punishment Code, people sentenced to imprisonment serve their prison terms at the correctional institutions within the boundaries of the territory of the Russian region, in which they lived or were convicted or to the territory of the nearest Russian region.
Part 4 of the same article includes a list of the crimes creating special danger for society, recorded in the Penal Code, including those dealing with terrorism, for which convicts are sent to the correctional institutions, situated in the areas, specially assigned by the federal body in charge of criminal punishment.

The draft law suggests that more crimes should be added to the list, specifically, membership in an armed unit, the organization of an extremist group and the organisation of work of an extremist organization.

Under Article 81 of the Criminal Punishment Code, the people sentenced to imprisonment should serve the whole of their prison term, as a rule, in one and the same correctional colony, prison or educational colony.
In this connection the draft law suggests that one more provision should be added, under which the crimes, mentioned in Article 73 of the Criminal Punishment Code, will be reason enough for the transfer of the convict from one correctional institution to another.

If the law is adopted, it will permit to improve the efficiency of the measures taken, which are aimed at fighting terrorism and extremism, as well as to avoid the concentration in correctional institutions, primarily in regions with a tense situation, of the people convicted for the crimes, which are of special danger for the public.

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