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Articles 20-23 from the "General Part" of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR (1934)

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CRIMINAL CODE OF THE RSFSR

with changes
as of 1 October 1934

STATE PUBLISHING HOUSE
SOVIET LEGISLATION

CRIMINAL CODE OF THE RSFSR1)

GENERAL PART*)

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DIVISION FOUR

On measures of social defense, employed according to the Criminal Code toward persons who committed crimes

* 20. Measures of social defense of a judicial and corrective nature include: [20 May 1930 (SU No 26, article 344)].

21. For the struggle with more serious types of crime, threatening the foundations of Soviet authority and Soviet government, even to the overthrow of the Central Executive Committee of the USSR, in cases specially indicated by articles of this code, shooting is employed as an extraordinary measure for preservation of the state.

22. Death sentences cannot be made against persons, not at least 18 years of age at the moment of the crime, or against women in a pregnant condition.

*23. Proclamation to be an enemy of the workers with its consequences, deprivation of liberty, and compulsory labor without deprivation of liberty are the basic measures of social defence of a judicial-corrective character, employed towards persons who have committed a crime.

The remaining measures of social defense, indicated in Article 20, apart from warning and confiscation of property, can be employed independently or as supplements to a basic [measure]. Confiscation of property can be imposed as a supplementary measure of social defense only in cases especially provided for in the articles of this Code. [20 May 1930 (SU No 26, article 344)].

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