Russia introduces life sentence for drug dealersMarch 3rd, 2012 - 8:44 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, March 3 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed into law a bill stipulating life sentences for selling drugs especially in large quantities, according to presidential website.
The new law also stipulates confiscation of property obtained as a result of drug trafficking.
Punishment for selling drugs in prison or penitentiary facilities and public places has also been toughened.
The law will come into force 180 days after being published.
Previously, drug dealing was a crime punishable by maximum 20 years in prison.
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