“We will have to toughen the law in this field,” Putin said at a meeting of the presidential culture and art council on Tuesday.
“Just as the gates were opened – the gates of freedom – we began to think that absolutely everything was permitted. This criminal, or actually a killer, he said in a conversation with the investigators: ‘I always do whatever I want’. The limits of freedom and responsibility and duties to society – they have been fully eroded, and some things need to be punished mercilessly,” Putin said in referring to the September 22 car crash on Minskaya Street in Moscow, in which an apparently drunken driver rammed into a bus stop, killing seven people, among them five children.
Even so-called “fine-looking” countries severely punish those who commit acts aimed against society and the state, Putin said.