The State Duma adopted a law on tougher punishment for torture

The State Duma adopted in the third reading a draft law on toughening responsibility for torture committed, among other things, by government officials. This was reported on the website of the lower house of parliament.

The initiative amends Art. 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation on abuse of power. The article says that now  torture by law enforcement officers will be punished by imprisonment for a term of four to 12 years with deprivation of the right to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for up to 10 years. Persons who took part in torture, resulting in death through negligence, face imprisonment from eight to 15 years with deprivation of the right to engage in certain activities for up to 20 years.

The list of aggravating circumstances in case of abuse of official authority will expand. So, if a crime is committed by a person holding public office, a group of persons, a group of persons by prior agreement or an organized group, against a minor, out of mercenary or other personal interest, then the punishment will be from three to 10 years in prison with deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions or engage in certain activity for up to three years.

In addition, the law defines torture. It is in line with the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

At the end of January, Russian leader Vladimir Putin recommended that the State Duma and the Federation Council consider before July 1 a bill that would toughen punishment for the use of torture by government officials .

Earlier, the Constitutional Court of Russia reported that the norm of the Criminal Code, which does not allow convicts over 60 years of age to count on the replacement of part of the term of imprisonment with forced labor, does not comply with the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

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