Russia says proof show link between terror attack, Ukraine

Slutsky also noted that incitement to terrorism should be punished by imprisonment. State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin proposed creating an inter-factional working group to analyze legislation regarding the use of the death penalty and migration policy…reports Asian Lite News

 

Russian Investigative Committee has said that it has found evidence connecting terrorists from the Crocus City Hall attack in suburban Moscow with “Ukrainian nationalists”.

“After working with detained terrorists, studying the technical devices seized from them, and analysing information about financial transactions, evidence was obtained of their connection with Ukrainian nationalists,” the committee added on Thursday on Telegram.

The committee said that it had confirmed data showing that the terrorists received “significant amounts of money and cryptocurrency from Ukraine, which were used in the preparation of the crime”.

The committee also noted another suspect involved in a terrorist financing scheme has been identified and detained.

Meanwhile, Russian lawmakers are discussing lifting the moratorium on the country’s death penalty, following a recent deadly terror attack at a Moscow concert hall.

“Today, there is no other form of punishment for these scumbags other than capital punishment,” said Leonid Slutsky, head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, referring to the suspects of the terrorist attack, at a plenary session of the State Duma, or lower house of the parliament, on Tuesday.

Slutsky also noted that incitement to terrorism should be punished by imprisonment. State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin proposed creating an inter-factional working group to analyze legislation regarding the use of the death penalty and migration policy.

Chairman of the State Duma Committee on State Building and Legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov said the committee is ready to discuss various proposals and bills on the moratorium on the death penalty, adding that it is ultimately important to “keep a cool head” when making such decisions.

According to current legislation, capital punishment remains legal in Russia, however, a moratorium on the death penalty was instituted in 1996, after the country had joined the Council of Europe. Russia’s Constitutional Court imposed a ban on the death penalty in 1999.

The Kremlin said Monday that it is currently not taking part in any discussions on the potential return of the death penalty.