Founder of Dissernet accused of extremism for posts in LJ

Founder of Dissernet accused of extremism for posts in LJ
Alexey Kasyan

According to investigators, a researcher at the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences excited hatred towards Muslims.

The ICR charged Alexey Kasyan, the researcher at the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, with Incitement of National Hatred (part 1 of Article 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). This is reported by the Otkrytaya Rossiya Telegram channel with reference to lawyer of the linguist Sergey Badamshin.

In the opinion of Moscow investigators, Kasyan incites hatred towards Caucasians-Muslims publishing two posts on LiveJournal. In 2014, the linguist wrote: “The money that Russia donates to the Chechen common fund is spent on bribes for judges in such situations,” and in 2015, “They hate me for nose’s form.” In 2016, Kasyan published a post about nanny Gulchehra Bobokulova from Uzbekistan, who killed a four-year-old girl. The record, according to investigators, incites hatred towards Muslims.

On June 8, 2018, security officials conducted a search in the apartment of Kasyan and seized computer equipment. After that, the accused said that a statement to the police might have been filed by one of the offended defendants of the Dissernet, and the investigators mentioned the cartoons about the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, posted on the network.

Alexey Kasyan is one of the initiators of Dissernet, which denounces civil servants and others in plagiarism when writing scientific articles, candidate and doctoral theses. In the 2000s, Kasyan took an active part in protests. The son of linguist Nikolay is a volunteer of the Alexey Navalny's Moscow headquarters.

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