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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Death Penalty to Return

MOSCOW -- The government may rescind its pledge to ban capital punishment because of the country's soaring lawlessness and crime, officials said Tuesday.

"The moratorium [on the death penalty] is likely to be canceled, and punishment will be made more severe," said Vladimir Kartashkin, head of the presidential commission for human rights, Itar-Tass reported.

Russia promised to scrap the death penalty in early 1996 when it joined the Council of Europe, a human rights organization. Nonetheless, 92 people were executed before Yeltsin imposed a moratorium on executions later that year.