Program Director of the Valdai Discussion Club Oleg Barabanov believes that Russia should withdraw from the Council of Europe and restore the death penalty.
“One of the controversial things that Russia made, joining the Council of Europe, is abolition of the death penalty. It is still controversial in public opinion. A guerilla or a maniac sits in a colony and eats the bread of our taxpayers,” said Barabanov.
He believes that Russia should take advantage of the international situation as it has developed after the annexation of Crimea to hold a referendum on the issue.
“Crimea can be used as an excuse to start debates about what is more important to us: our membership in the international club or the restoration of the death penalty for the most brutal crimes,” said Barabanov.