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Russia(n?) farmer convicted of planting landmines in field watch

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8512173.stm

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    why (n?)?
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    (Original post by miranda-ae)
    why (n?)?
    BBC's website made the mistake, I just corrected it...
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    Bit much, our dacha had 6-10 residents patrol it at night with rifles/shotguns and dogs and as if this wasn't enough some houses had electric fences.
    Still plenty of thieves though Getting robbed from a Russian dacha is worse too, they bloody burn the house down.
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    Well I mean what if it was a child crossing the field - countless times as a child have I, and many others I knew, climbed over a bit of barbed wire just to play about in a field; imagine having an adventurous child killed because some crazy man went over the top in defending his potatoes. There are other ways in preventing thieves from crossing into your field, a land mine does seem over the top and so the man should be punished for using such weapons.

    However I don't think he should necessarily be punished for the injury caused to the thief, or atleast shouldn't receive a big punishment for it.
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    (Original post by Ben F)
    Well I mean what if it was a child crossing the field - countless times as a child have I, and many others I knew, climbed over a bit of barbed wire just to play about in a field; imagine having an adventurous child killed because some crazy man went over the top in defending his potatoes. There are other ways in preventing thieves from crossing into your field, a land mine does seem over the top and so the man should be punished for using such weapons.

    However I don't think he should necessarily be punished for the injury caused to the thief, or atleast shouldn't receive a big punishment for it.
    That's a bit of an inconsistent position there.

    As for the man, he did all this to save some of his potatoes? :lolwut: How poor / desperate are these Russian farmers:

    "The 73-year-old had apparently been concerned about the frequent theft of potatoes from his farm."
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    Oh those Russians :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by DJkG.1)
    That's a bit of an inconsistent position there.
    What I'm basically saying is planting a land mine is dangerous and a threat to anyone who walks across it - including innocent people, and therefore it is wrong and he should be punished for using such a lethal weapon.

    However the thief was intentionally tresspassing on his land to try and steal some potatoes, and assuming he has some level of intelligence, acknowledged there would be some risk of danger in doing so - therefore I believe the thief's 'rights' should be mitigated to some degree, and so he should be in a weaker position if he wanted to press charges against the farmer.

    In other words, the man should be punished for building and using land mines, but shouldn't necessarily be punished as harshly for the injury caused to the thief.
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    clearly a misunderstanding he just planted some mine seeds and look what popped up a landmine how was he to know
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    (Original post by DJkG.1)
    As for the man, he did all this to save some of his potatoes? :lolwut: How poor / desperate are these Russian farmers:

    "The 73-year-old had apparently been concerned about the frequent theft of potatoes from his farm."

    That's the thing. In this country it would be pretty ridiculous but in many other parts of the world I can imagine people, especially someone his age, not really feeling like they have many options.
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    Proportionate much?
 
 
 
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