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Acting Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings, which was passed by the 52nd UN General Assembly on December 15, 1997, to the State Duma for ratification

April 13, 2000

Russia signed this convention in New York on January 12, 1998.

The International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings was drafted as a result of a joint G8 initiative. The international community needs this document because it lacks the required legislation for regulating efforts to counter terrorist bombings, which have become a major worldwide threat. Under the convention, national laws must stipulate criminal liability for such attacks. The culprits will inevitably be punished on the basis of wide-ranging provisions that regulate issues related to legal assistance and extradition.

In his supplementary letter to the State Duma speaker, Mr Putin said “the purpose of the convention is to strengthen international cooperation between countries in the elaboration and adoption of effective measures to prevent terrorist bombings and institute criminal proceedings against the culprits.”

Mr Putin suggested that the Russian side make statements during ratification “motivated by the need to introduce new provisions in the convention explicitly for Russia and to rule out any possible unjustified refusal to extradite the culprits or to provide legal assistance.”

Vladimir Putin signed a document appointing Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ordzhonikidze as his official representative during the ratification of the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings by both houses of the Russian Federal Assembly.

April 13, 2000