Recent tragedies in Moscow demand not only closer monitoring of the police and secret service but tougher penalties for terrorism. Yesterday's Duma decision to introduce life imprisonment for terrorists is merely an initial step, said Ms Sliska. Capital punishment is to come next: "We must take the life of those who take others' life. That is my deep conviction. We can't last long as we are living on a volcano. The Duma may raise the issue again next year. As to the Russian public, it is ready to accept the new way."