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President Vladimir Putin signed a law on tougher punishment for torture, follows from a document published on the official Internet portal of legal information. The State Duma approved the law in June, the Federation Council— in July.
According to amendments to the Criminal Code, torture that caused serious bodily harm or death is punishable by up to 15 years in prison (previously up to 12 years) and a ban on holding certain positions for up to 20 years, follows from the document.
The law clarifies the definition of torture. They now mean not only the actions of officials who “intentionally inflict severe pain or suffering,” but also inaction, i.e. will be punished for torture that occurs “at their instigation or with their knowledge or tacit consent.”
During the consideration of the bill in the State Duma, several amendments were rejected, including abolishing the statute of limitations for torture and increasing the punishment from seven to ten years under aggravating circumstances.
A bill to toughen punishment for torture was submitted to the State Duma in December 2021. This happened after the Gulagu.net project (its site was blocked by Roskomnadzor by a court decision) published videos from the archive of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) with footage of torture and rape of prisoners in several regions of the country. Against the backdrop of publications, Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed the director of the Federal Penitentiary Service Alexander Kalashnikov.
Lawyer, former senator Konstantin Dobrynin, in a conversation with RBC, expressed the opinion that the clarification of the concept of “torture” and tougher penalties will not end torture. He called the main problem “demonstrative impunity for the actions of law enforcement agencies”; and “the internal indifference of law enforcement officers” to the facts of torture.
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