The death penalty 2019. The time has come?

Over the past month, a series of tragic criminal incidents took place in Russia, again raising the question of the effectiveness of our law enforcement system and the return of such a form of punishment as the death penalty.

October 2019

In early October in Saratov previously convicted of robbery, theft and rape cases, 35-year-old Mikhail Tuvatin murdered nine-year-old girl Liza Kiseleva.

The death penalty 2019. The time has come?

Rapist and Infanticide Mikhail Tuvatin

And he killed Lisa Kiseleva nine years old

According to the killer, he killed the girl because she allegedly went to the garage and asked him if it was his garage. According to official figures, the forensics have not recorded any signs of sexual violence on the girl’s body, but where is the guarantee that he did not enjoy the murder process itself? And is there anyone who believes that a nine-year-old child voluntarily approached a degenerate with a question? For me personally, there is no doubt that he committed the crime, indulging the needs of his vile essence.

During interrogation, Tuvatin stated that he repents of the crime. Of course, they always repent and shed crocodile tears, the question is, what is the significance of the remorse’s remorse, and indeed, what is the significance of remorse when committing such crimes? Residents of the city tried to commit lynching on the killer, but they did not succeed. The killer faces from 20 years in prison to life. If you get the minimum, it will be released in 55 years, it may still have time to be noted.

31 October in Naryan-Mar During a quiet hour, the 39-year-old chronic alcoholic Denis Pozdeyev entered the Fairy Tale kindergarten and killed the sleeping six-year-old Kirill Savenkov with a knife. The offender explained his actions by reading a spell in the book about eternal life and wealth, and for its execution it was required to kill a small child. Given the fact that the child killer was previously treated by a narcologist, one should not be surprised at the fact that he is generally recognized as insane and, having treated a couple of years in a madhouse, they will be released as healed.

Infanticide Denis Pozdeev

In the Kirinsky district of the Transbaikal Territory on October 27 2019 four schoolchildren, two of whom were 15 years old, and two more were 16 years old, entered a private house where they killed an 40-year-old man before his death and raped his wife with a poker and a bottle. Despite their age, two of the juvenile delinquents were already convicted.

Transbaikal geeks. Seemingly ordinary children

Considering that for some reason, life imprisonment is not assigned to women, as well as to persons who have committed crimes under the age of eighteen, and men who have reached the age of sixty five by the time the court pronounces, geeks will receive a maximum of 10 years of imprisonment and “for good behavior ”will be released in 20-25 years. They have a long life ahead of them, the question is how many more times in their life will they be in the zone and how many corpses and cripples will be left behind?

Such "news" can be found in hundreds of articles, here are a few excerpts from criminal news:

On 18 of September 2019, a Sverdlovsk court sentenced him to life imprisonment in the colony of the special regime of Nikolai Ageev, who was sentenced to 2006 years in prison in 16. After his early release in 2017, he managed to attack several stalls, hammer his friend and rob the murdered woman. After he beat to death an accidental passerby, and then raped and drowned the nine-year-old stepdaughter.

In mid-August 2019, investigators opened a criminal case after the death of a two-year-old child as a result of beatings in Primorye - the 21-year-old stepfather beat the girl to death.

In August 2019, a verdict was passed on the 44-year-old resident of Bratsk, who killed a nine-year-old schoolgirl. He lured the girl into the garage, where he raped and killed her. “The court sentenced the defendant to punishment in the form of 20 years of imprisonment with the sentence being served in a maximum security colony.” Why not lifelong?

In late July, a resident of Transbaikalia was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a stepson. A drunk man beat a five-year-old boy with a fly swatter for refusing to learn to read. After that, he also threw the child to the floor several times. Earlier, the killer regularly beat his roommate. The court also found him guilty of three thefts.

Summary of crimes committed in the 2019 year. On the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation the number of violent crimes, including those committed against minors, is not disclosed

The question arises: to what extent does society need to go to understand that existing measures to combat such crimes are practically inoperative?

The death penalty

When someone speaks of the death penalty, then immediately there is someone else who says that crime must be fought with other methods: to increase the detection rate, the standard of living of citizens, to prevent and prevent crimes. All this is absolutely correct and necessary, just like "world peace." But what if the situation is neglected, if it is out of control?

Outpatient treatment is always more attractive than surgical, but if gangrene has begun, amputation is necessary, otherwise the body faces death. Nationally, the rise in crime can be compared to the occurrence of gangrene.

The main objection to the death penalty is the risk of its execution in relation to the innocently convicted. Such a risk does exist, but there are quite real ways to minimize it.

First, it is necessary to ensure the absolute transparency of the investigation and sentencing. Currently, these materials are often closed to the public. If we exclude specific crimes in the field of state security or the economy, then there is no reason to hide information about the investigation of the crime from the moment when the case was sent to court.

Secondly, to postpone the execution of a sentence of 5-10 years. An innocent in this case can make every effort to prove his innocence, while the real criminal will count the days before execution (although he certainly will try to get an acquittal).

Thirdly, to sentence to unconditional capital punishment after three violent crimes with consequences that entailed damage to the health of moderate and lesser gravity, sexual crimes against minors. Probability theory works here. Even if police officers were incompetent or corrupt, it is impossible to imagine a combination of circumstances when an innocent person managed to be jailed for such crimes three times.

There is one more “humanistic” objection to the death penalty, based on the assertion of the pricelessness of human life and reasoning in the style of “not you gave, not for you to take away”.

What can be said about this? Human life is priceless at the moment when a person receives it, i.e. in a newborn child, and then some period of time remains as such. Further, by his actions and way of life, a person either confirms the value of his life, or refutes it. To speak of the invaluable nature of human life for all, without exception, is to equate those who treat people, put out a fire or bake bread, to rapists, pedophiles, murderers and other sub-degenerates.

There is still such a “defensive” statement that life imprisonment is a more severe punishment than the death penalty. And life-long prisoners themselves say that it would be better if they were shot. But all this is nonsense. None of them, almost none, voluntarily choose the death penalty as an alternative to life imprisonment. Man is a creature that adapts to everything. So the “lifelong” ones adapt - eat, sleep, come to faith in God, somehow entertain themselves and hope, be sure to hope to go out, for which they write to the high authorities petitions for clemency.

Some cite the absence of the death penalty in Europe and the lower level of crimes in them compared to the Russian Federation. But there are other examples of countries that are more similar to Russia in terms of territory, number and composition of the population in which the death penalty is actively used and no one is going to abandon it.

As for the countries of Europe, although this is sad, but hordes of wild migrants may well raise the level of crime to the level where in these countries they will also think about the return of the death penalty.

The death penalty in the world. Data for 2011 year

The death penalty in the world. Data for 2011 year

Separately, we can mention the financial side of the issue. At the end of 2015, the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) spent 303 billion rubles. budget funds. Expenditures from the federal budget per one prisoner in 2015 amounted to 469 thousand rubles. (according to the FSIN, formally the content of one prisoner costs about 60 thousand rubles). The most significant funds go to prisoners serving life sentences or serving sentences in maximum security colonies. Huge amounts of money that can be used for health and education go to the maintenance of rapists and murderers.

FSIN Budget Indicators for 2015-2018

In general, the attitude of the state on this issue is completely incomprehensible. Well, let’s say that toughening anti-corruption legislation may contradict the interests of certain groups, after all, bees against honey and all that, but what are the arguments of those who defend the right to life of infanticides, rapists and sadists? After all, the return of the death penalty will have a positive effect on the rating of trust in the government, which has been thoroughly spoiled recently.

What measures should be implemented when returning the death penalty?

1. To exclude the joint placement of prisoners serving sentences for violent crimes and non-violent crimes, delimiting them not only with cameras, but also with zones / prisons / colonies, completely excluding contact between these groups of prisoners. A similar distinction should be made by age categories: 14-18 years, 18-50 years, 50 and more years.

2. Exclude all restrictions such as “life imprisonment is not assigned to women, as well as to persons who have committed crimes under the age of eighteen years, and men who have reached the age of sixty-five by the time the court pronounces”. Everyone should be equal before the law, it is not clear why a woman, teenager or sixty-year-old man should receive less punishment for the atrocious crime than the rest. Are we encouraging them to commit these crimes?

3. Reduce the minimum age for committing serious crimes to 14 years. It's sad, but the monstrous increase in juvenile delinquency leaves no other choice. This has already been done in the USSR, and there are no prerequisites for the fact that this cannot be done now in Russia.

Vladimir Georgievich Vinnichevsky 1923 year of birth. The youngest serial killer in the USSR, sentenced to death and shot in 17 years by the sentence of a Soviet court. Convicted of eighteen attacks on children aged two to four years in 1938-1939 years, eight attacks of this number ended in killings

Arkady Vladimirovich Neiland of the 1949 year of birth, who committed a double murder in Leningrad and in 15 years was sentenced to death by the Soviet court for this. He committed the murder of a woman and a three-year-old child in 14 years, the day before his fifteenth birthday.

4. Ensure absolute transparency of the investigation and sentencing from the moment of transfer of materials to the court. And if there is no threat to the investigation, then at all stages of the investigation. This will provide an opportunity for public scrutiny and reduce the likelihood of conviction for an innocent.

5. Create an official state Internet resource on which all materials of the investigation into the case of a person sentenced to death will be openly published. Materials about the victims (photos, real names, etc.) should be published with the consent of the victims or relatives. Similarly to the previous paragraph, this will provide the possibility of conducting public control, reduce the likelihood of a guilty verdict being pronounced against an innocent, and will also give moral legitimacy to the sentence.

6. Provide a delay in the execution of a sentence of 5-10 years. This will make it possible to minimize the execution of the sentence (death penalty) in respect of the innocent.

7. Sentenced to unconditional capital punishment after three violent crimes with consequences resulting in harm to the health of moderate and less serious, sex crimes against minors. These are repeat offenders, they are incorrigible, they will not stop. In the zones sits a huge number of pedophiles, rapists and murderers with two or more sentences for committing violent crimes. Their destruction will give not only an unambiguous message to those who are just about to embark on this path, but also significantly reduce the burden on law enforcement agencies. In the future, if this practice shows effectiveness, sentence to unconditional death after two such crimes.

8. The main means of executing the death penalty should be the execution. In some cases, for committing crimes against minors and crimes committed with particular cruelty - hanging. The execution process should be published on the official state Internet resource in accordance with paragraph 5.

What are the consequences of the return of the death penalty?

1. Less will be nonhumans, physically less.

2. Crimes will be less, especially violent and serious. No matter how the criminals roam, they really want to live. In any case, the direct effect will be, i.e., they will commit crimes, but less often and more carefully, trying not to fall under the firing squad.

3. There will be fewer repeat offenders. Even if someone committed a crime, the chance to get a bullet after a relapse will stop, if not all, then many.

4. The load on law enforcement agencies will be reduced, which will increase the efficiency of crime detection and the quality of sentencing.

5. The conditions of detention in prisons will improve, which in theory should re-socialize the criminals, and not prepare them for new crimes.

6. Significantly reduced financial costs for the maintenance of criminals in proportion to the actual decrease in their number. The saved money can be allocated to a separate fund, which can be directed, for example, to orphanages or to treat children who are now raising funds throughout the country.

7. Russia will be expelled from PACE. It’s also not bad, we’ll save money on dues and business trips of officials.

8. The faith of Russian citizens in justice will increase. It is not easy to quantify, but it is extremely important from the point of development of civil society.

In conclusion, I would like to quote a few paragraphs about the applicability of the death penalty for killing a child from the wonderful book "Star Troopers" by American writer Robert Heinlein:
“In appearance, this Dillinger was the same as everyone, his manners and documents did not inspire any suspicion. It seems that he was one of those pathological personalities about whom they write: "At first, they are no different from normal people."
Well, if it was impossible to keep him from doing such things, then there really is an opportunity to prevent him from repeating them. She was found.
If Dillinger understood what he was doing, although it was impossible to believe in it, then he probably should have understood what he would do for it. It is only a pity that he suffered much less pain and anguish than his victim - he did not suffer at all.
Well, if he was - which is more like the truth - just nuts and did not realize what he was doing? As then? Well - mad dogs are being shot, right?
Yes, but madness is still a disease ...
Here I saw only two exits. If he is incurable, then it is better for him to die - and others are safer. Or it can be cured. In this case, he would be cured so that he would be acceptable to society ... and would understand what he had done while he was ill - what would he then have to do except suicide? How could he get along with himself ?!
And if he had escaped before they could cure him, and again did something like that? Or maybe the third time? What then could be said to parents who have lost children?
Andrey Mitrofanov
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