Russian scientists and artists call on Putin to suspend death penalty in separatist Donetsk

Russian scientists and human rights activists have called on President Vladimir Putin to extend the Russian moratorium on the death penalty to the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR).

In June, a DNR court sentenced British citizens Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner and Moroccan national Saadun Brahim – who fought alongside Kyiv forces – to death for “mercenary activity” and an attempt to “seize power by the strength “. Their lawyers appealed the judgment.

“Mr. President! Vladimir Vladimirovich! We are very concerned about reports of possible imminent execution of death sentences handed down in the Donetsk People’s Republic,” reads the petition published on on Tuesday.

The signatories of the petition, which include director Alexander Sokurov, journalist Eva Merkacheva and physicist Nikolai Rozanov, ask Putin to “suggest” Pushilin’s legal change.

“I really think that the death penalty in the territory where Slavic peoples live, in the space where Christianity operates, is generally unacceptable,” director Sokurov said. Told the RBC news website.

Signatories pointed to the works of notable Russian thinkers such as Leo Tolstoy and Count Nikolai Mordvinov, as well as Empress Elizabeth of Russia’s 1744 order temporarily suspending capital punishment in the Russian Empire, to support their argument. .

“Mercy is the strength of our [Russian] people. We ask you for mercy. We consider it necessary to abolish the death penalty in the Donetsk People’s Republic,” the authors said.

Over 200 people have signed the petition so far.

DNR chief Denis Pushilin said in June he saw no reason “to mitigate or modify the sentence” against the three men.

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