Controversy over Reinstating Death Penalty Returns to Russia

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó: “This is a global terrorist challenge, and we need international commitments to fight it”

Peter Szijjarto

The extreme brutality, with which the terrorists acted during the attack on the Crocus City Concert Hall, has revitalized the debate over lifting the moratorium and immediately reinstating the death penalty, at least for terrorism-related crimes.

Although some Russian parties and parliamentary representatives are in favor of it, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin distances itself and “does not take part in discussions regarding the possible return of the death penalty in Russia.” Asked by reporters about the lawmakers’ initiative to “reintroduce the death penalty after the terrorist attack,” Peskov said: “At this time, we are not participating in that discussion.”

Instead, the Kremlin called for the broadest international cooperation to combat the scourge of terrorism. “The fight against terrorism is an ongoing process that requires wide-ranging international cooperation. However, it is now observed that cooperation has not been fully implemented due to a period of acute confrontation,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman told reporters.

In recent days, Russia has received cooperation offers from several foreign countries, including Slovakia, a member of the European Union and NATO. Strongly condemning the attack, Hungary also said, “We must all fight terrorism together on a global level.” Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó, speaking on the sidelines of the Atomexpo-2024 nuclear energy forum in Sochi, Russia, emphasized that “this is a global challenge, and we need international commitments to fight it.”

But at the moment, Russia has no contact with Western or foreign services. “There is no contact with the West now,” Peskov said. “Our services are working independently, any foreign assistance is now out of the question here,” the Kremlin spokesman added.

And on Monday, March 25, 97 people that were injured in the terrorist attack at the Crocus City Hall still remain in Moscow hospitals. Many are in truly serious condition and fighting for their lives.