«I'm pretty sure I only spoke the truth !» ?
With respect to capital punishment in Russia, the English-language version of Wikipedia has the following to say :
The current Penal Code permits death penalty for five crimes:
murder, with certain aggravating circumstances (article 105.2)
encroachment on the Life of a Person Administering Justice or Engaged in a Preliminary Investigation (article 295)
encroachment on the Life of an Officer of a Law-enforcement Agency (article 317)
encroachment on the Life of a Statesman or a Public Figure (article 277)
genocide (section 357).
According to the same source, the death penalty has not been imposed in Russia since 1999....
The article on the corresponding situation in the United States starts as follows :
Capital punishment is a legal penalty in the United States, currently used by 31 states, the federal government, and the military. ... The United States is the only Western country currently applying the death penalty,one of 57 countries worldwide applying it.
Since then [i e, 1976], more than 7,800 defendants have been sentenced to death; of these, more than 1,400 have been executed, 159 were exonerated before their execution, and more than 2,900 are still on death row.
Under these circumstances, perhaps Gospodin Vinnik's preference for being tried in a Russian court is understandable....
But, of course, Wikipedia is a «Putinbot» and boring anonymous cowards only speak the truth....