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Science-fiction writers do not want to feed the Caucasus?

2012-08-31 14:45

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Russian science-fiction writers have responded to the offer of the author of the "Last Spearman" Kirill Eskov to protect the speaker at the rally "Stop feeding the Caucasus" Konstantin Krylov from prosecution. Editor of "Political News Agency" and the sci-fi writer under the pseudonym "Michael Kharitonov" is accused under Article 282 of the Criminal Code - "fomentation of hatred or enmity". The letter, code-named "Hands off Krylov", was signed even by those who have nothing against the Caucasus.

"Hands off Krylov" - this is the slogan of the campaign started by Krylov-Kharitonov's colleague, sci-fi writer Kirill Eskov. The minimum objective is to cancel the trial, or at least to save the nationalist, journalist and writer from the actual prison term for speaking at the rally at Bolotnaya Square on October 22, 2011.

Not only like-minded persons are supporting Krylov. The appeal states that his national-democratic views are alien for them, and even "repulsive" for some people. "However, we all consider it our civil and human obligation to speak out in his defense, because, in our opinion, the political background of the case is clear", the authors of the appeal believe, warning that a guilty verdict would become "a shame of Russia".

The plot of the criminal proceedings against Konstantin Krylov is simple. At Bolotnaya Square he supported the slogan "Stop feeding the Caucasus" with a incendiary speech. Experts of the "Center of Information and Analytical Technologies" Oksana Safonova and Julia Malantseva have meticulously studied a video with the speeches of politicians and public figures and "dashed off a delation" against Krylov.

Experts have found only an expression of hostility towards a group "Caucasians" in the speeches of other speakers - Vladimir Tor, Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Milov and others. But Krylov, in their opinion, was not just hostile, he also encouraged to hostile action. He said: "It is time to put an end to this strange economic model", meaning the "overproduction of the Caucasians" and "underproduction of the rest" in the Caucasus. He offered neither to kill nor deport or even sterilize anyone. However, the experts felt, "basing on the semantic orientation of speech", that his phrase can be mistaken for fomentation of hatred against "the Caucasians as a group of people united by ethnicity and a common area of ​​residence".

In any other country this might have been considered a fiction, but not in Russia. On September 13, Krylov will appear in the court for a sentence he said at Bolotnaya Square on charges of violating the Article 282 of the Criminal Code - "fomentation of hatred or enmity".

A lawyer Dmitry Agranovskiy told GTimes that Konstantin Krylov faced a real prospect to get a criminal record. "Unfortunately, in our country we now see constant harassment of the activists of the whole political spectrum, except, of course, the ruling party. Therefore, Krylov may be convicted. As for the evidence, I do not see a crime here", the lawyer said. "In each such case I see that so-called "experts", who have no relation to linguistics and philology, may recognize any phrase to be illegal. After the fact that the slogan "Down with autocracy" was recognized to be calling for the overthrow of the existing order, nothing can surprise me. I think that the expert examination cannot be used as evidence".

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