Russia Forces Terrorist’s Relatives To Pay For Damage

Russia has put a new law into effect that I feel is a positive step forward to deterring terrorism. President Putin signed the law that now holds relatives, and close friends of terrorists accountable to any damage done by the terrorist attack, even emotional damage.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill that forces relatives of terrorists to pay for damages caused by their attacks. It also boosts penalties for launching, participating, or financing militant or terrorist groups.

Under the law, all damages – including moral damage – should be  compensated “at the expense of the means of the person  committing the terrorist act and also at the expense of the means  of his [or her] family, relatives and close people.”

The new law was carefully written so that there has to be sufficient evidence that those being held accountable received money, valuables, or other property in result of the terrorist attack. This law also forces those being held accountable for the terrorist’s attack damage must turn in their property or else it will be seized for inspection.

I like this law because usually terrorists commit suicidal attacks because they are promised that their families will be taken care of after the attack. This should deter such attacks, or at least give them one less reason to do it. I wish the U.S would implement a very similar law, considering we tend to get most of the terrorists attacks here, or at least it seems that way.


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