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Russian president wants to revise sentencing practice for terrorism

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev believes sentencing practice for terrorists should be revised.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev believes punishment for terrorists should be revised.

"There is sense in analyzing the (sentencing) practice for violations in separate articles, particularly articles concerned with terrorism, and investigate how criminal proceedings for terrorism are being implemented," Medvedev said on Wednesday.

He has already vowed terrorists would not be allowed to destabilize the situation in Russia.

After the two suicide bombings in Moscow's subway on Monday and the twin terrorist acts in the town of Kizlyar in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, which are suspected of being organized by the same terrorist group, many Russian politicians have said it is necessary to increase criminal liability and preventive measures against terrorism.

Russian communist leader Gennady Zyuganov proposed on Monday the death penalty be reinstated as a part of the Russian penitentiary system.

He said punishment should be the most severe for those who organize and finance terrorist acts, as well as those who "program" others to carry out terrorism.

The chairman of the Federation Council's Committee on Legal and Juridical Issues, Anatoly Lyskov, said on Tuesday his committee was working on a draft law which would introduce the death penalty for terrorists.

It is unclear how an amendment stipulating the death penalty for such crimes would correlate with a moratorium on the death penalty prolonged in November 2009 by the Russian Constitutional Court.

However, the speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament, Sergei Mironov, slammed on Wednesday proposals to reinstate the death penalty for terrorists. He said that terrorists should receive life behind bars and "rot in prison and die bad deaths."

GORKI, March 31 (RIA Novosti)


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