On June 10, 1998, Red Army army
deserter Vadim Yershov fainted when he was sentenced to death for raping,
robbing and stabbing 19 people. Yershov, 25, was sentenced by a military
tribunal in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.
Fortunately for him Russia
has suspended executing its convicts even though the death sentence is
still part of the legal code. The Council of Europe urged Russia to
abolish capital punishment as a condition for its membership in the
Siberian army deserter, 24-year-old Vadim Yershov went to trial in
October 1997 on charges of raping, robbing, and fatally stabbing 19
victims in the months after his unscheduled departure from military
As a soldier of sorts, he pled his case before a military
tribunal in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, where he was convicted and
sentenced to death on June 9, 1998.
Yershov reportedly fainted as the sentence was pronounced, but
the dramatic gesture may have been in vain.
Russia has suspended execution of death sentences in recent
years, although capital punishment remains part of the nation's legal
The Council of Europe has urged Russia to abolish the death
penalty as a condition of its membership in the group, and ít seems
likely that economic interests will spare Vadim Yershov from the firing
At that, considering the state of prisons in Siberia, he may
eventually wish he had been