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February 20 2008
01:06

The District Court of St. Petersburg recorded precedent, recognizing the extremist information posted on the forums, two of the city back in 2004. One of the readers then ruled "death sentence" Valentina Matvienko. Investigations have been completed, two years ago, in this case was convicted Alexander Vtulkin. But his words were considered extremist just now. Now, even quoting such statements jail, and the media that they be typed, can be closed.

The fight against extremism is now actively underway and in the Internet. Smolninski District Court in St. Petersburg found extremist information posted in 2004 on the site forum "Fontanka.ru and Zaks.ru (« the death penalty, "the governor of St. Petersburg).

"Control of the Internet and is now underway. Once he is weak. Otherwise I would probably half the country, we were seated, "Although the deal was completed two years ago - accused Alexander Vtulkin got a half years of imprisonment in a penal colony - once it decided to get it off the shelf. Then Vtulkin was found guilty only of "inciting hatred and hostility, and humiliation of human dignity committed by the threat of violence and the media."

As told Vzglyad the prosecutor of St. Petersburg city prosecutor Sergei Zaitsev, in December last year, asked the court to recognize the information posted Vtulkinym the web, an extremist. That was done.

The prosecutors explained that the conclusion of "an extremist nature" of these statements need to be included in the federal list of extremist materials. The list itself, in turn, needed to "prevent the further spread of materials that excite hatred and enmity among the people."

The press service of the prosecutor's office assured that when Vtulkina statements will be included in the federal list, their citations will be banned and the media, and anyone else.

"And you have not heard about the newspaper Novy Peterburg"? - Asked the correspondent of THE VIEW, the press service of the Prosecutor's Office. - It closed just on similar grounds. There are printed materials of various extremist. Anything that falls into this list, can not be reprinted. Otherwise, the media may be suspended. In the end, who is right or wrong, the court will decide, but the prosecutor's office reserves the right to withdraw an application for suspension of operation of such publications. "

Thus, if a newspaper in his article, remember case with Vtulkinym and writes: "Vtulkin in his message said," ... ", then newspapers are more likely to come hard times. A man who said on the forum or a blog the same thing as saying Vtulkin Valentina Matvienko, or someone who "virtually" threatened another representative of the authorities, so even through the media, can receive up to five years in prison.

By law (the important amendments to the law "On Countering Extremist Activities" was adopted in 2006) are a sign of extremism, such as public slander directed against the officers, threatening violence, attacks on the life of a statesman or public figure.

Lawyers and journalists in the past have complained that this law can be interpreted very broadly. After the final court decision has not become easier.

Now there is a precedent for the recognition of speech "in the free part of the Internet" extremist. As it turns out, there are levers of influence on those who express their views on the forums by threats. But in practice than it would threaten an ordinary web users, how much more will the extremists on the Internet is difficult to say.

It is no secret that in the forums and blogs, which involve an open democratic conversation, is often used profanity, and even threats to friends, ex-wives, officials, etc.

"Is the threat to the forums on the Internet by extremist statements? This is a very controversial issue. We're just going to discuss it at a round table on Friday - admitted in an interview with the views of famous Russian criminologist Dr. Yakov Gilinsky jurisprudence. - The wording of the law on countering extremist activity from 2006 is extremely blurred.

Personally, I have an extremely negative attitude towards him. In fact, it is directed against any criticism of the government. Do not rule out that now would be to look for people who allow themselves to danger, and in forums and blogs.

From a legal point of view of their words can be viewed in different ways. Possible as a real threat of murder, and then you have a criminal case, investigate it properly. But when it's just words - an entirely different question. "

"As far as I know, actually a threat to the Internet until there is no article - told the newspaper LOOK member of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly, former head of the police department of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region Arkady Kramarev. - Such a statement may be life-threatening someone, or may not contain.
In the heat of the moment, we can say a lot of things. For example, I sometimes say: "killed to all of his subordinates, who to me the documents on time can not bring!" I do not will be judged for these words!

The main thing to determine is the real threat behind the words or not. A control of the Internet and is now underway. Once he is weak. Otherwise I would probably half the country, we were seated, and the other half would deal with the investigation ... "

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