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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

In the state Duma decided how much to give for abetment of suicide

In 16.33 17 July in the state Duma was introduced a bill that proposes to plant for up to 15 years punishment for abetment of suicide, entailed death of two and more persons. First reading could take place on July 19. Qualitative discussion of the initiative in this race, however. By the way, the leadership of the Duma of the seventh convocation is struggling to prove that the Parliament is now not “mad printer”…

photo: Dmitry Katerinov

The bill was submitted over the signatures of United Russia: the leader of the faction “United RussiaVladimir Vasilyev, head of the Committee for security and combating corruption Vasily Piskareva and his first Deputy Edward Valeev. We are talking about the desire to improve prepared by a working group headed by Vice-speaker Irina Spring, and recently adopted a package of amendments aimed at dealing with suicides, especially of children, and the so-called “groups of death” on the Internet. UK then supplemented by new articles, which refers to the “inducement to commit suicide” by persuasion, deception or bribery, and about the “organization of activities aimed at incitement to commit suicide”, including through the establishment of so-called “groups of death”. The maximum punishment for such crimes prescribed in 6 years (if the decline ended with the suicide or the attempt at it, and appeals and entreaties were distributed via the Internet).

Now, the deputies decided that it is “disproportionate to the gravity and public danger of the punishment,” especially “regarding the liability for a less grave in its consequences the crime provided by article 110 of the criminal code” as stated in the explanatory note to the bill. Recall that the maximum punishment under article 110 of the Criminal code, which criminalizes “incitement to suicide”, i.e. to death or attempted death by threats or humiliation — from 5 to 8 years of imprisonment…

The United Russia party believe that because “the objects of abuse today are mostly minors with their fragile psyche”, it is necessary to toughen criminal sanctions for incitement to suicide and organization of activities contributing to the suicide, setting a lower limit of imprisonment of five years, and the top – up to fifteen years. And specially to prescribe liability for inducing or facilitating suicide, entailed death of two and more persons — right now what one person was lost, two or more the penalty will be the same.

The government supported the concept of the bill. But in my opinion (MK) noted that criminal liability for the act was introduced only on June 18, 2017. “In this regard, it is necessary to compile and analyze judicial and investigative practice” under the new articles of the criminal code, “as well as to make a conclusion about their effectiveness or ineffectiveness”.

“To generalize the practice” and “to do conclusions about efficiency,” apparently, legislators will only be after we vote Yes.


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