The sidestepping spokesman Dmitry Peskov’s comment on ‘blood feuds’ shows that he needs to take another look at Russia’s Criminal Code
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has been sidestepping questions about the Chechen authorities’ threats against the Yangulbayev family all week. On Friday, February 4, journalists — referring to a “blood feud” threat made by Russian lawmaker Adam Delimkhanov — asked Peskov about the issue of blood feuds in Chechnya.
What the Kremlin spokesman failed to point out is that blood feuds have been explicitly mentioned in the Russian Criminal Code for more than 15 years. Indeed, under Criminal Code Article 105 (Murder), a blood feud is considered an aggravating factor — and if Russia didn’t have a moratorium on capital punishment, murder by reason of blood feud would be punishable by the death penalty.
In addition, the Russian Supreme Court has defined this crime as follows:
In other words, contrary to Peskov’s statement, the “tradition” of blood feuds has long been addressed by Russian legislation. And, again, with regards to murder, it increases the crime’s severity.