Get the latest updates as we post them — right on your browser

. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia's Executions Up

MOSCOW () -- Russia has executed 103 people since joining the Council of Europe and promising to abolish the death penalty, the head of the presidential pardon commission said Thursday.

"We execute 'domestic criminals' and alcoholics, but not a single contract killer or mafia chieftain has been placed in the dock,'' Anatoly Pristavkin said, according to Interfax. He spoke at a Council of Europe conference on the death penalty in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital.

Pristavkin said 103 people have been executed in Russia this year. Last year, 86 were put to death, he said.