Vladimir Legoyda: the Mitigation of punishment for incitement to hatred should be accompanied with respect to each other


To keep a person from the humiliation of the dignity of others should not only legislation, but education and respect to each other, the head of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media Vladimir Legoyda.

Commenting to “Interfax-religion” plans for the partial decriminalization of 282-th article of the Criminal code “inciting hatred or hostility, and humiliation of human dignity,” a Church representative said that “finding a balance between what is bad and should be punished by the state, and what is bad, but government should not be punished, is a constant challenge for the legislator and law enforcer,” according to Фома.Ru.

The words “hate the sin but love the sinner” is short and clear. Although, actually, briefly-that it is really short. And what about clarity — not as easy as it may seem.

At the same time Vladimir Legoyda recalled that the position of the Church inciting hatred and enmity, humiliation of others was and is sin that destroys, first of all, the person who allows it. At the same time, he said, not every sin should be punished by the state.

— If the most odious manifestation of this sin can be prevented with a milder punishment from the state, it can only be welcomed, — said the head of the Synodal Department.

According to Vladimir Legoyda, the main challenge in this question is not the letter of the law, and in law enforcement, as the conscience of the operative worker, an investigator, a judge is no less important guarantee of legality than the norms of the Criminal code or administrative offences Code.

And, of course, is important, said the representative of the Church, to the people themselves brought up in an atmosphere of mutual respect to each other that in the future might minimise the need for the state to intervene in human relationships.

Recall that on 3 October the President of Russia Vladimir Putin submitted to the state Duma a draft law aimed at humanization of criminal legislation.

In particular, the draft law provides for the mitigation of criminal responsibility for crimes under article 282 of the criminal code “inciting hatred or hostility, and humiliation of human dignity”. At the same time introduced a bill on amendments to the administrative code.

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