The Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko won the Rayner Goddard Act of Courage Award, he favors the use of the death penalty. We, the comrades of Unit 1012, advise the Head of States to learn from Zakharchenko on how he defended the use of capital punishment, by stating it is for protection and not revenge.
The Head of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko gives a speech at Nearly 300 of first-year students of Donetsk Home Affairs Academy swore allegiance to the people of the Republic. (30 January 2016)
I'll be honest, I think the death penalty is the highest form of protection of society. You probably remember that my first decree was to fight banditry. Yes, this is a widespread phenomenon, because all sorts of criminal elements penetrate under the guise of a revolution. We must fight it now so we wouldn't have to hunt these paramilitary groups down later. That was the reason behind this decision. After the long discussions it has been decided to adopt the death penalty. You all know perfectly well that the abolition of the death penalty does not reduce crime. Statistics show that with the death penalty abolished crimes "for some reason" tend to go up. The society, ordinary people, and private entrepreneurs have to be able to live and work in the safety. We made a decision to guarantee their security. For details, please familiarize yourself with the code. It is written in quite clear language.
- Translated to English from a Press Conference on 24 August 2014
Alexander Vladimirovich Zakharchenko (Russian: Алекса́ндр Влади́мирович Заха́рченко; IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr vlɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvʲɪtɕ zɐˈxartɕɪnkə], Ukrainian: Олександр Володимирович Захарченко; born 1976) is the current head of state and Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic that declared independence from Ukraine on 11 May 2014. Zakharchenko was appointed Prime Minister in August 2014 after his predecessor, Alexander Borodai, resigned, and went on to win the early November, 2014 election for the position.