President Yeltsin will shortly sign into law the new Criminal Code adopted by the Russian parliament last week, and which is to enter into force on January 1 next year. Yeltsin’s legal aide Mikhail Krasnov recalled that earlier drafts were rejected by the president but said the new code is fully in accord with international standards. It eliminates the death penalty for high treason and retains it only for crimes against the person, thereby elevating the individual above the state, Krasnov said. (Interfax, June 8)
French-Russian Nuclear Deal.