Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called on Belarus to join the rest
of Europe and impose a moratorium on the death penalty.
Lavrov's comments came just days after the Belarusian government executed 2 men
who were convicted for the bombing of a Minsk subway station nearly 1 year ago
that killed 15 people.
Belarus has faced international criticism over the weekend about the
executions, amid questions about evidence in the case and concerns about the
legal rights of the men who were executed -- Uladzislau Kavalyou and Dzmitry
Lavrov told Kommersant FM radio that the Russian government is committed to a
death-penalty moratorium and wants to see all European countries, including
Belarus, join it.
Belarus is the only country in Europe that still practices capital punishment.
(source: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)