Published: 1 Jun 2004 | By Olga Shepeleva

Russian law amended to include a definition of “Torture”


Until the introduction in December 2003 of amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, Russian law lacked a definition of torture, despite it being explicitly prohibited by a number of legal acts and articles within both Russian law and international conventions to which Russia is party.

In this article, Olga Shepeleva discusses the treatment of torture within Russian legislation prior to the recent amendments, and looks to the future in considering the impact of the new Criminal Code, concluding that the fight against torture remains dependent upon the political will of the Russian authorities. To find out more, click on the link to the full article below.