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Investigative Committee brings first case of extremism on Facebook

posted 5 Feb 2013, 11:02 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 5 Feb 2013, 11:03 ]
1 February 2013

The case materials state that in October 2012 a woman from Ufa posted a publicly available text on the social network Facebook. 

Investigators believe that the text contains negative information about members of the ethnic group Russians, creating in its readers "a sharply negative attitude." 

Experts came to the conclusion that the text is insulting and humiliates people's honour and dignity.

A criminal case has been opened against the 46-year-old woman under Part 1 of Article 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, "Inciting hatred or hostility, and humiliation of human dignity," explained the Investigation Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia for Bashkortostan. The article specifies a punishment of up to two years' imprisonment. 

According to eLiberator, this is the first known case of a criminal case being brought against a Facebook user in Russia.