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    RUSSIAN PARLIAMENT ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT RESTORATION

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    MOSCOW, February 10, 2004. (RIA Novosti). The participants in the seminar for the State Duma deputies, recently elected to the Lower House of the Russian Parliament, criticise the proposal to restore capital punishment in Russia. Deputy director of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia Vyacheslav Ushakov put forth this proposal on Monday at the two-day seminar which is going on in the Moscow Region.

    One of the young parliamentarians, Vladimir Pekhtin, said today that from his point of view there is no need in such a measure with the help of which the FSB proposes to intensify the fight against terrorism after the recent explosion in the Moscow Metro. "We have enough measures to combat terrorism," underscored Pekhtin in his speech at the seminar.

    He was against expanding the FSB's powers, which the Russian secret services also propose. He said that the power agencies "have quite enough powers." State Duma vice Speaker Oleg Morozov also came out against the annulment of the moratorium on capital punishment now in force in Russia. "The restoration of capital punishment "is inexpedient and will not help to combat terrorism," the parliamentarian believes.

    However, it is possible to increase the functions of the power structures in this sphere, but "this must be done thoughtfully and cautiously," said a member of the pro-presidential party United Russia. In his opinion, the power structures have to pay more attention to the registration of the people arriving in the country, to the control of arms and of the movement of people in some territories of the Russian Federation.

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