The Struggle Against Juvenile Delinquency

Central Executive Committee and the Council of People’s Commissaries of the USSR, On Criminal Penalties for Minor Children. April 7, 1935

 

Original Source: Izvestiia, 8 April 1935; Sistematicheskoe sobranie deistvuiushchikh zakonov Soiuza sovetskikh sotsialisticheskikh respublik (Moscow, 1935), text 155.

Aiming at the speediest extermination of crime among minors, the Central Executive Committee and the Council of People’s Commissaries of the U.S.S.R. decree:

(1) Minors from 12 years of age who are found guilty of committing thefts, assaults, injuries, mutilations, murder or attempt at murder, are to be brought before the criminal courts and are to be liable to all the grades of criminal penalty [including the death penalty].

(2) Persons found guilty of instigating minors to or of employing them in participation in various crimes and also of forcing minors to such occupations as illicit trading, prostitution, begging, etc., are to be liable to not less then five years’ imprisonment.

(3) To cancel Article 8 of “The Basic Principles of Criminal Legislation of the U.S.S.R. and of the Allied Republics.

(4) To instruct the governments of the Allied Republics to amend the Criminal Codes of the republics in correspondence with the present decree.

M. Kalinin, President of the Central Executive Committee of the U.S.S.R.
V. Molotov, Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissaries of the U.S.S.R.
I. Akulov, Secretary of the Central Executive Committee of the U.S.S.R.

Source: “Soviet Legislation (XIII): Selection of Decrees and Documents,” The Slavonic (and East European) Review, Vol. XIV, No. 40 (July, 1935), pp. 198-199.

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