The presidential Council on civil society development and human rights on Tuesday held a special session on “Public participation in the fight against extremism and terrorism”. The claimed subject matter promised a sufficiently high intensity of debate and the feeling has not deceived. Controversy revolved around the very definition of extremism that says about anything, but not unanimous public approval of the policy pursued by the government in this area.
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And performances present at the meeting, representatives of the authorities doubt the correctness of the chosen course is not only dispelled, but rather worsened. For example, the head of the Main Department of MIA in counteraction to extremism Timur Valiulin, expressing concern over the increase in the share of minors among the participants of uncoordinated street protests, proposed to amend the law and impose the responsibility of parents, “and maybe even educational institutions”, which, he believes, responsible not only for education but also for upbringing of children. Apparently, waiting for new restrictive measures in the sphere of virtual communication. “More and more extremism and tighten in an extremist environment is carried out at the site of the Internet”, — shared his concern Valiulin. World Network, he said, is “not only pedophilia, child pornography, drugs, guns, Assembly drawings of improvised explosive devices, but, of course, the impact of ideology.”
A big “fan” of the Internet and other outrages, the General Valiulin.
The time now is harsh, echoed the chief, the Deputy chief of a Central Board Vladimir Makarov: “We see that the country is surrounded by the chain of color revolutions”. The enemies of the state feel pretty comfortable. As an example, interior Ministry spokesman cited a Russian television talk show, where they get even the Ukrainians, who “poured from the screen dirt”. However, reassured Mr. Makarov, the authorities are not going to “clean up” civil society. Weeding only to be notorious weeds: “We’re going to attract only those who actually harm and stir up the situation in the country.” Yes, there is, certainly, excesses, recognizes the Deputy head of “extremist”. But despite some mistakes and excesses in the field, as a whole is “moving in the right direction.” “We work honestly, we are not corrupt,” said Vladimir Makarov.
It is unlikely, however, these words took the concerns of Council members. Perhaps the most clear claim to the state machine articulated member of the HRC, the Director of the Information analytical center “Sova” Alexander Verkhovsky. The human rights activist outlined the two problems. First, the real attacks on motives of ideological hatred, “poorly investigated or not investigated at all.” And the second: “a Very rapidly growing number of court decisions and the cases for statements”. According to Verhovskogo that refers in turn to information of the Supreme court, last year for public statements condemned the “criminal law” more than 600 people. More than three thousand held in administrative matters.
According to human rights, in many cases — “it’s not the rare exceptions” — the punishment is excessive or even illegal. Very often, making the social network repost this or speech, man is not solidarities with him, but quite the contrary, says the expert. But courts often do not take into account neither the context of utterance nor the scale of the audience. The same with accountability for the image of the swastika — such cases are today very much under the hand fall and supporters of the Nazi ideology, and exposing them to anti-fascists. Such promiscuity of the servants of the law, according to Verhovskogo, creates a situation in which citizens — as law-abiding and notorious extremists — stop to figure out where, exactly, is the “red line”.