Draft law on life imprisonment for pedophiles

A bill on toughening responsibility for pedophiles has been submitted to the State Duma of the Russian Federation

Senator Andrey Turchak, as well as State Duma deputies Pavel Krasheninnikov and Alexander Khinshtein (all of them are members of the United Russia party) have submitted to the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation a bill tightening criminal liability for pedophiles. This is reported by the press service of the State Duma Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building. The document has not been published in the Duma electronic database.

According to the current legislation, life imprisonment for rape or sexual acts can be obtained only if the victim was younger than 14 years old and the perpetrator repeats the same offence.

It is proposed to expand the use of life imprisonment:

  • in cases of committing a crime against two or more minors;
  • for cases when the crime is associated with the commission of another serious or especially serious crime;
  • for crimes against minors under 18 years of age.

It is proposed to amend Article 131 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (rape) and Article 132 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (forcible sexual actions). The authors sent the bill to the Government and the Supreme Court of Russia for their official feedback.

The bill was introduced against the backdrop of a high-profile case of a repeat pedophile, who killed two ten-year-old schoolgirls in Kuzbass. The day before, the Central District Court of Kemerovo had sent him to a pre-trial detention centre for two months.

Translared by Elizaveta O. Ovchinnikova 

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