On Tuesday, January 18, the State Duma adopted in the second and third reading amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation concerning the punishment of pedophiles. The bill was finally approved by the lower house of parliament. This was reported by RIA Novosti.
“Punishment will threaten those who have previously been convicted of violent acts against minors or committed them against two or more children,” wrote the speaker of the State Duma.
What is the essence of the amendments?
According to the amendments, life imprisonment threatens for sexual abuse of children under 18 if:
- committed repeatedly;
- completely against two or more minors;
- is associated with the commission of another grave or especially grave crime against a person.
« ;According to the current legislation, the maximum liability in the form of life imprisonment occurs in the event of a crime committed by a previously convicted person for a similar act and in relation to a minor under 14 years old, “the press service of the State Duma writes.
Thus, the deputies toughened the punishment for pedophiles, as set out in Article 131 (“Rape”) and 132 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Violent acts of a sexual nature”).
How else do the deputies plan to aggravate the life sentence for pedophiles?
The issue of introducing new aggravating circumstances is being discussed if the violence is committed by a person:
- living with a child;
- those who are responsible for the maintenance, upbringing, education and protection of the interests of a minor;
- employed in the areas of education and upbringing of children under 18.
Moreover, the deputies proposed to suspend the statute of limitations for crimes against young children until the age of the child who became the victim.
Life sentences for pedophiles are also planned to be aggravated with additional work. “We can make them work with you in the mines, in the northern territories. It will be much harder than the death penalty. But then let's think about it. And society will understand: where are these northern territories, what kind of mines, in what conditions,” Volodin said.
All of the above additions will be considered by the relevant committee, and the State Duma plans to return to this issue February 7.
When was the bill first considered?
The bill providing for life sentence for pedophiles who assaulted minors was adopted in the first reading on December 21, 2021.
The amendments to the Criminal Code were initiated by First Vice Speaker of the Federation Council Andrey Turchak, Head of the State Duma Committee on State Construction and Legislation Pavel Krasheninnikovand Chairman of the State Duma Committee on information policy Alexander Khinshtein.