Russia (Chechen Republic): Further information on appeal for the respect of humanitarian law: Parliament votes to introduce death penalty for "illegal armed formations"

Russia (Chechen Republic): Further information on appeal for the respect of humanitarian law: Parliament votes to introduce death penalty for "illegal armed formations"

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Index Number: EUR 46/002/1995
Date Published: 25 January 1995
Categories: Europe And Central Asia, Russian Federation

On 20 January 1995, the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, voted to introduce a new article in the Criminal Code, punishing the "organization of or participation in illegal armed formations". The current wording of the new article imposes a sentence of up to eight years for such action and a possible death sentence if this is accompanied by "mass violence, the death of people or other serious damage". Those fighting Russian troops in the self-proclaimed Chechen Republic are frequently referred to as "illegal armed formations".


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