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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Council Blasts Russia

BUDAPEST () -- Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Peter Leuprecht, criticized Russia and Ukraine for continuing to implement the death penalty.

"To be quite blunt, I have been thinking of Russia and the Ukraine," he said.

President Boris Yeltsin said Russia should gradually reduce -- but not abolish -- the use of capital punishment following its admission to the council.