Status: de facto abolitionist
A moratorium on executions has been in place since May
1996, when a commitment was made to abolish the death penalty upon Russia’s
accession to the Council of Europe. In February 1999, the Constitutional Court
of Russia issued a moratorium on death sentences. As the moratorium on the
application of the death penalty was about to expire, in November 2009, a ruling of
the Constitutional Court extended it for an indefinite period of time, until Russia’s
ratification of Protocol 6 to the ECHR.