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Friday, August 6, 1999 Published at 19:24 GMT 20:24 UK


World: Europe

Russia ends death penalty


The Russian President, Boris Yeltsin, has presented the state parliament , the Duma, with a bill to abolish the death sentence.

The government announced a moratorium on death sentences three years ago, but the law which allows the death penalty hasn't been formally removed from the statute books.

The Bill follows the President's decision in June to pardon Russia's last death-row convict.

The Kremlin says the formal abolition of the death penalty will demonstrate Russia's commitment to humanitarianism and democracy.

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