Russian Politics, & Personalities

Isa Yamadaev & the Death Penalty

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There has been a lot of talk recently on the Constitutional Court’s decision to uphold the moratorium on the death penalty.  While I applaud the decision, I think it discounts the fact that the death penalty already exists in Russia.  It exists in the gangland style murders that take place almost every day.  And it exists in the abuse that occurs in the prison system.  Several stories have come out this past week that hi-light this.  First, the murder of Sergei Magnitsky in what was essentially a state sanctioned murder (see Robert Amsterdam’s article in the Huffington Post).  Then reports of the continued abuse that Mikhail Khodorkovsky suffers at the hands of his captors.  And finally this story, which in some ways takes the prize for story of the week…

Headline: Letter to Medvedev: ‘Stop this Mad Conveyor of Death’.

Isa Yamadaev has been reduced to begging for his life in a newspaper.  There are so many things wrong with this story.  The absolute ignorance, and audacity displayed beggars belief.  In any normal society that has the rule of law, Isa Yamadaev would be in prison, either awaiting trial, or sentencing, or carrying out his sentence.  He would not be free on the streets.  He would not be writing to the President begging for protection.  And he would most certainly not be holding a medal in his grimy, blood stained hands.

I get it.  The court system is poor, and faulty, so you create your own justice.  It’s a poor substitute, but you do what you have to do to survive.  You carry out your own sentencing, and the accused must abide by that.  Isa Yamadaev has been tried, and sentenced, but he is not willing to abide by the decision.  Maybe he is correct in trying to fight the system, but the system exists for a reason.

I am not saying that Ramzan Kadyrov is right.  He is most likely carrying this out as revenge, and not as a punishment for crimes committed.  And he is out of control…


Written by Nina Jobe

November 22, 2009 at 3:38 PM

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