COUNCIL OF EUROPE URGES RUSSIA TO ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY
November 30, 2006: the Council of Europe will insist that Russia ratify Protocol No. 6 to the European Convention on Human Rights, so as to abolish the death penalty in the country.
"This issue will be in the focus of the Council of Europe and will be the cornerstone of our relations with Russia," Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly co-rapporteur Matyas Eorsi said at a press conference.
At the same time, the Council of Europe takes into account the fact that Russia has a moratorium on the death penalty in place, Eorsi said. "We recognize that the death penalty is actually not carried out in Russia, and moreover, the decision has been made to extend the death penalty moratorium," he added. (Sources: Interfax, 30/11/2006)