It is definitely not necessary to do this :) Like a girl from Krasnoyarsk made a video that people should not be killed, and the FSB rushed to her and sent her to a mental hospital. Report by Irina Kravtsova

On August 24, at five in the morning, FSB officers broke into the Krasnoyarsk house where 14-year-old Alena Prokudina lives with her family. According to security officials, the girl is subscribed to a group on VKontakte dedicated to the shooting of the Columbine school . They searched the house, confiscated a toy bow, a pneumatic pistol and the girl’s diaries – and persuaded her mother to agree to have the child examined in a mental hospital (and when she decided to take her daughter away from there, they forcibly hospitalized her through the court for an indefinite period). Meduza’s special correspondent Irina Kravtsova traveled to Krasnoyarsk, met with Alena’s family and tells how the special services and psychiatrists believed that local children were a real threat – and with what methods they decided to eliminate it.

Alena Prokudina, 14, has been living in the Krasnoyarsk mental hospital for two weeks. Parents are not allowed to see her, she is allowed to call home from the hospital phone once a day in the presence of a dispensary employee. During the first week, doctors forbade her to walk even around the hospital – under the pretext that she might be “dangerous to herself.”

Alena was settled in a heterosexual ward: nine guys and three girls live with her. The teenagers are separated from each other by rag screens; nurses demand that children sleep in their underwear – Alena is shy. The room is stuffy and cramped. Alen’s roommates are taking serious medications, so they need to sleep 13 hours a day, but since the ward is shared, Alena is also ordered to be in bed for 13 hours. Of these, she sleeps for about eight hours, and then just lies in bed until she is allowed to get up. The schoolgirl has only books for entertainment; her phone and computer were seized.

On September 1, the security forces and doctors through the court achieved the compulsory hospitalization of a schoolgirl in a mental dispensary for an indefinite period – due to the fact that she was signed in VKontakte to a certain public about  Columbine .

Why can one offend others?

In the spring of 2019, seventh graders of the 153rd Krasnoyarsk school beat a classmate in the schoolyard. Alena Prokudina, who was in his class, came home depressed – and told her mother, Olga Pronina, that the boy was attacked only because he wore a bob hairstyle, and “everyone thought he was gay.” For several days after this conflict, “the school was on its ears,” but soon everything was forgotten, and, as Alena told her mother, “the school continued to bully [other children].”

According to Alena’s sister, 22-year-old Darya Glinskaya, the girl was never “neither a leader, nor oppressed” at school: she behaved independently, she always had several close friends, “her classmates respected her in their own way.”

Nevertheless, Olga Pronina noticed that her daughter was always very hurt when someone was humiliated. “There was a group of children in the school that hounded those who were weaker,” says Olga. – They did not offend Alena, but she always empathized with those whom they offend. This made her think about why there are strong and weak, why do some think that they can afford to offend others? “

Olga thinks that her daughter was influenced by the series that she has watched on Netflix in recent years (her mother was able to recall ” Umbrella Academy ” and ” Stranger Things “). It seemed to her mother that Alena liked the fact that “justice was shown” there. At the request of her daughter, she watched TV shows with her. In each of them, “the main characters were those who were persecuted by others, who were undeservedly bullied – and it is these characters that are shown as the coolest, coolest and most daring, whether they are dark-skinned, overweight or gay people.”

After the incident with the beating of a classmate in the spring of 2019, Alena, according to her mother, became interested in the topic of bullying in schools, and so “gradually in the spring of 2019 I learned about Columbine, because in the spring these discussions flare up among teenagers” (apparently, meaning the attack on the American school happened in April).

“Alena did not take their [attackers] side,” her mother explains. – But I tried to understand why they chose such a radical way of solving their problems? Could they have done otherwise? Who should have helped them cope? Is there a way out? “

Olga, according to her, knew that her daughter was reading about this on the Internet, and “it never even occurred to her to forbid her to be interested in these questions”: “When she came to me with her thoughts and questions, I only always told her that no matter how anyone is persecuted, he must realize the value of someone else’s and his own life, and that revenge never helps to restore justice. Alena always agreed with me on this. “

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In the spring of 2019, after a case of beating a classmate, Alena began to ask her mother to transfer her to another school. But she refused, believing that changing the educational institution would not solve the problem: “Teenagers are the same everywhere.” In September of the same year, Alena found out that her best school friend had transferred to another, 155th school. In the second quarter of the eighth grade, the mother finally gave up and transferred her daughter to the same school and the same class where her friend studied. However, it soon became clear that she had already made new friends there and did not want to be friends with Alena.

Alena told her mother that in the classroom they constantly “make a very loud noise, many smoke almost in class and kiss,” she was uncomfortable there. She often said to her mother: “Mom, here you are scolding me, and you can’t even imagine how [bad] my peers behave. I have another present for you. ” Alena ceased to understand why go to school, if “it is still not possible to study there normally” – and asked to transfer her to family education. Olga consulted with the district staff, they said that now home schooling is in vogue, and she agreed to try it.

From the second half of the eighth grade, Alena completely independently mastered the program, and at the end of the year she had to pass exams at school. Since school schedules have shifted due to the coronavirus, Alena had to take exams not in May, but on August 25. Realizing that it is difficult for her to study on her own, she decided to return to school 155 in September.

A video on how to do it is definitely not necessary

Alena Prokudina, 14, lives with her parents in a private house in Krasnoyarsk. They have two dogs – Martha and Maggie – and four cats. On August 24, at 5 am, FSB officers began ringing the bell for a long time; at the same time they banged on their wobbly wooden fence so that Olga felt as if “the whole house was vibrating.” Martha and Maggie, who were sitting by the gate, barked. Men from behind the fence yelled to the owners: “If you don’t remove the dogs now, we will shoot them!”

After Alena’s father Dmitry Prokudin opened the door, security forces in bulletproof vests with weapons broke into the house to search the children’s room of 14-year-old eighth-grader Alena. As Prokudin recalls, about ten people participated in the operation: about five were in uniform, several in civilian clothes and several attesting witnesses. “The one in civilian clothes shoved a paper in my face, which probably explained what they were accusing my daughter of,” says Dmitry. “But they immediately pulled this paper away from me, so I didn’t even have time to read anything.”

Alena’s parents were seated on the sofa in the living room, and she was taken to her room – and they began to throw her things out of the closets. What exactly they were looking for was not reported. The operatives were dispersed in different rooms. Soon they threw into their bag an amateur sports bow and arrow, an air gun, a long-broken Tetris, Alenin’s phone, a computer, a router and her personal diaries.

Josep Martins / Unsplash; Alena Prokudina’s archive

Dmitry Prokudin – he is fond of historical reconstruction – made a bow out of wood himself and presented it to his eldest daughter, 22-year-old Daria, when at the age of 15 she attended the archery section. He wrapped the arrowheads with foam rubber, “so that no one could be injured with them.” Since Daria grew up, the bow has been gathering dust on the veranda. There was also a pneumatic pistol: about four years ago, Daria’s friend came to visit her, brought a pistol – and invited her to go to the field to shoot at the bottles (according to Daria, these bullets could only knock down the bottles, but they could not even break them) … After that visit, the young man forgot the pistol at his friend’s house, soon moved and has not returned for it. According to Pronina, the bow and the pistol were always lying on the veranda, but no one used them and did not even think to hide from anyone.

During the search of Daria’s room, the operatives were especially interested in her “perfume recipes.” According to Pronina, the security forces began to shake these records and find out what it was. The mother explained that her daughter makes perfumes herself – and she even has a page on the Fair of Masters website. The FSB officers replied: “You know, when they make bombs, they also write recipes.”

According to Olga, the search was accompanied by the FSB officers’ reasoning that “for the interest in such topics it was necessary to beat the daughter with a belt, and not talk to her”. Pronina, on the contrary, was convinced all her life that “forbidding a child to do something – all the more to think about something – is meaningless, and that the daughter is not indifferent and is interested in a variety of issues is commendable.”

Olga also recalls that two weeks before the FSB broke into their house, an employee of the juvenile affairs department (PDN MVD) came to them. She said that she had received a request to “check Alena.” According to Olga, a PDN employee “softly” asked her: “Do you know that your child is in prohibited groups?” Olga told her that her daughter really had an interest in “problematic topics,” and she shared her thoughts on this topic with her.

Then the PDN employee entered Alena’s room and “began to question [the girl] about the Columbine group.” She asked Alena to show her photos on the phone and her accounts on VKontakte and Instagram. After that, the guest “wrote an explanatory note,” read it to Olga and asked to sign: in the paper, the PDN employee reported that she had not noticed anything dangerous in Alenin’s behavior and Alena had no thoughts of creating a terrorist group.

The siloviki, who searched the house, did not name the names of suspicious VKontakte groups. And in general, they did not leave any documents that would say what exactly her daughter is suspected of. When later Olga began to ask Alena what kind of groups she was talking about (the girl was subscribed to 600 publics on VKontakte), she replied that she herself did not understand this. “We asked her close friend to send us links to the groups in which they sat. She sent in five groups with sensitive topics: there were groups where stories were told about maniacs, a group with news that was not censored. While I was watching all this, I myself got stuck for some time – bright headlines, everything is interesting, the feeling that you are reading something so forbidden, ”Olga says.

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In 2020 Alena started going to the film school “Create Mountain”. In the summer, she and her friend filmed and uploaded a video to the tiktok : to the song “Pumped up Kicks” by the Foster the People group, Alena enters her room with a drawn abrasion on her forehead and puts a paper pipe to her lips – like a cigarette (in the song, the lyrical hero lights a cigarette) … Then the girl writes something in her diary, takes out a pistol from the closet – the same one from the veranda – and carefully puts it in the inner pocket of a black leather coat that reaches her ankles (this is her father’s coat). He crosses his garden in this form – along the path, which is framed by the flowers planted by his mother; pulls out a gun and feigns a shot in the air.

On a black background, slides appear under the same song: “Please stop bullying your peers. Bullying and  school shooting  are terrible things “,” This video shows how to do it definitely is not necessary 🙂 “,” Fake weapons “,” I love everyone 🙂 “

The mother herself allowed her daughter to use a pistol in the video, Olga Pronina tells Meduza – but “all the time she was filming she followed her around the garden and controlled the whole process.” Alena wrote the storyboard of this video in her diary, which was seized from her during a search. Also, according to her mother, Alena made films about “the world after the coronavirus” and “post-apocalypse.”

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The search in the house of the Prokudins lasted three hours. During this time, the parents were never explained what their daughter was suspected of, and no documents were left. After the security forces searched the house, they announced: “Mother and daughter, let’s pass.” Where to go, they refused to tell. However, Alena headed for the exit with a toothbrush and toothpaste in her hands.

They were brought to the regional neuropsychiatric dispensary No. 1. There Alena was weighed, her height and temperature were measured. All this time Olga Pronina was sure that a psychologist would talk to her daughter and let her go. However, after weighing, Olga was told that they were drawing up documents for her daughter’s hospitalization. According to the mother, they did not conduct “psychological tests”, but for some reason they decided that Alena should stay with them for examination for three days.

At that moment, a certain security official arrived; according to Olga, it was the “chief from the FSB” who was not present during the search in the morning. He invited Olga to go outside and there “behaved very politely and showed in every way that he wished my daughter well.” Olga explained to him that three days in a psychiatric dispensary is a very long time, and that Alena needs to pass the eighth grade exams at school on August 25 in order to go to full-time education again from September. He promised that Alena would be kept in the mental dispensary for a maximum of three days, and that he was even ready to take part and “arrange everything so that she was admitted to school without exams.”

Olga says that the intonation of the interlocutor “was very friendly, soft and inviting”, she believed him and reasoned that “if a psychologist just talks to Alenka there and you don’t have to take the exams, it’s even good, because exams for a child are also stressful” … “He said that Alenka just needed to be tested, supposedly – you yourself understand that this is a teenager, hormones are playing,” says Olga. – He said in such a friendly way, they say, testing will not hurt: Have you sat in her computer everywhere? Have you seen her phone? I say: no, of course, I could not fully see. He says, “You see, why not test it?” I’m like, really, why not test it? I imagined that they would just ask her questions, watch her for a couple of days, and I would take her home. “

Olga returned to her daughter, told her about her conversation with the FSB officer and asked: “Well, Alain, will you say something?” The daughter, according to Olga, “also trusted” and agreed.

Neither on the day of hospitalization, nor the next day, none of the staff came to Alena in the mental hospital. Since her phone was taken away during a search, she was allowed to call home from a landline phone only once a day for five minutes to one of her relatives, accompanied by a nurse. On the phone, Alena told her mother that “everything is fine” with her and asked her family not to worry about her. “Dad, I have a groundhog day here. I really want to go home, ”Alena said by phone to her father. Alena’s relatives were forbidden to visit. Despite the fact that children in the mental hospital are allowed to walk every day, Alena was denied walks.

On the third day of her hospital stay, Alena was asked to complete the “general test (for intelligence, memory and emotions), which is initially given to all applicants”. When, by the end of the third day of stay in the psychiatric dispensary – in the evening, on August 27 – the mother and sister realized that no one was going to release Alena, they sent letters to the post office of the hospital management and to the regional Ministry of Health that they were withdrawing their consent to hospitalization of Alena. In addition, by this time Alena’s sister had already described her story in the local press.

It was already known that Alena was far from the only Krasnoyarsk teenager to whom the security forces came. On August 26, a law enforcement source told TASS that “officers of the security forces (FSB) identified a group of teenagers in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, who, according to operatives, discussed the topic of mass attacks in schools on social networks and could prepare any actions in educational institutions.” … The interlocutor told reporters that “they identified a group of nine teenagers, 14-16 years old from Krasnoyarsk and the region, who discussed attacks on schools on social networks and could prepare such actions”; they were also placed in psycho-neurological dispensaries for examination.

On Friday, August 28, Olga and Daria were called to the hospital for an interview with the management. According to Daria, for two hours she and her mother were convinced that “according to the test results, their daughter has no mental problems, but this is just bad”: “If there were deviations, then the alleged terrorist actions could somehow would [justify]. That is why it is safer for her to stay in the hospital – allegedly FSB officers will not be able to take Alena from the hospital, and if she returns home, they will take her to the pre-trial detention center. Moreover, as the mother says, the doctors praised the girl: they said that she behaved adequately and that she had good tests. At the same meeting, one of the heads of the hospital asked Olga: “Don’t contact the media anymore.”

We ended the conversation with the fact that, since the working week is already over, they will not have time to prepare the documents for the discharge – so the employees postponed it to Monday. However, the doctors allowed Olga to meet with her daughter in the chief doctor’s office for 15 minutes. Seeing her mother, Alena clung to her, hugged her and began to cry. “Mom, I really want to go home,” she said.

The mother asked her: “How are you [treated] here?” Alena, according to her mother, replied: “They tried to breed me for aggression.” “I answer something, but they tell me:“ Well, you’re agressive now, ”Olga recounts Alena’s conversation with the doctors. “No, I’m not aggressive.” – “But I see that you are aggressive.”

The same evening – after Olga left the hospital – the head physician Grigory Gershenovich went to court with a lawsuit for involuntary hospitalization of Prokudina because of her “destructive behavior.” Gershenovich, in his lawsuit, argued that Prokudin could pose a danger to himself and others. According to Olga, it was only on Monday, when she was informed about the trial, that she finally clearly understood “that everything that had been told to her before was staged”.

Inclined to philosophical reflections, needs hospitalization

On August 29, the Oktyabrskiy District Court of Krasnoyarsk held a visiting session – right in the neuropsychiatric clinic. Olga Pronina asked the judge to open the session, but she refused.

At the trial, the opponents of Alena Prokudina’s family were the hospital staff and the lawyer who represented them. They said they watched as Alena met her mother on August 28, she “showed a tense relationship with her.”

Shortly before the start of the meeting, friends of Alena and her family gathered near the hospital building to support her. The representatives of the hospital (the mother no longer remembers who exactly) considered that this was a sign that the girl was “inclined to participate in groups.” Also, as an argument in favor of the fact that Alena should be left in a psychiatric dispensary for compulsory treatment, they said that she was “prone to philosophical reflections” and “could be dangerous for herself and others.”

In addition, the hospital staff stated that the decision to hospitalize the schoolgirl was made after they conducted her psychological examination on the day of her arrival. Olga Prokudina again insisted that she was informed of the hospitalization as soon as they arrived at the hospital – and that a psychological examination was not performed on Alena on the first day. Meanwhile, an employee of the clinic said that when the girl was brought to the mental hospital, she “behaved scared and somehow nervous.”

Pawel Czerwinski / Unsplash; Alena Prokudina’s archive

According to Olga, there were a lot of similar “lies” on the part of the hospital representatives, but “they were forbidden to object”. The hospital psychologist who attended the meeting was asked what kind of work she was doing with Alena. She, according to Olga, “embarrassedly said that she had talked to Alena only a couple of times to help her adapt to the conditions of the hospital.”

Lawyer Vladimir Vasin from the Agora human rights group, whom Alena’s family asked to join the case, asked the psychologist: “Have you determined that a girl can be dangerous?” She replied: “No, she is stable, but her personality is developing.” The psychiatrist, as the mother recalls, picked up: “Yes, she may develop a dangerous condition that is dangerous for herself and others.”

According to Vasin’s lawyer, along with the hospital’s claim, a certificate was submitted to the court from Center E (the Center for Countering Extremism; read more about its work in the  material of Meduza ). It said that Prokudina “is an adherent of the subcultural ideology of Columbine.” According to the lawyer, the security forces claimed that they found numerous images on the schoolgirl’s phone about the events at Columbine School and at the Kerch Polytechnic College, where in 2018 a student shot 20 people and wounded 48 more.


Among other things, according to the lawyer Vasin, the security officials considered that the files on Prokudina’s phone had a “pronounced suicidal orientation.” In the conclusion of the document it is said that Alena Prokudina is a “closed child”, therefore Center “E” considers it expedient to treat her in a mental hospital.

The employees of the dispensary itself also presented to the court a conclusion that the child should be left in the hospital. “They wrote an absolutely unreasonable, unprofessional conclusion,” Vasin tells Meduza. – According to the law, there is an exhaustive list of signs by which a person can be placed [in a mental dispensary]. Alena was chosen item “a”: it is dangerous for herself and those around her, but this must be confirmed by expert examination and clinical studies, and no one even conducted her [expert examination]. And most importantly – [it is required] that the danger is confirmed, so that there is a confirmed diagnosis. And what was exposed to her does not fall under the compulsory placement in a hospital. This is a violation of the law. “

As the lawyer now understands, “FSB officers had the task of using persuasion and manipulation” to bring the parents of Krasnoyarsk teenagers to consent to voluntary hospitalization of children in a mental hospital: “They [FSB officers] pressed that their child needed help, he needed to be treated, people believed they signed the consent. ” Vasin says that he only knows about one mother in Krasnoyarsk, who “literally pulled the child out of her mouth – wrote permission [for voluntary consent], but immediately came to her senses, raised a fuss and snatched her son out of his clutches – as a result, he was not placed in a psychiatric dispensary “.

The defender assumes that the security forces “staged this trash”, because the criminal responsibility for terrorism under the Criminal Code comes from the age of 14. “But it’s very difficult to put a 14-year-old child in a pre-trial detention center,” he says. – These barriers are still working. This is a full-fledged trial and a bunch of traces. But if you want to convince the parents to treat the child, because he has some kind of garbage on his phone, and therefore he is a terrorist, then the parents fall for it. I repeat: only one mother changed her mind and refused voluntary consent. It is very difficult to pull a child out when he is already in place. “

The lawyer adds that under normal conditions, without parental consent, even through a court, it is very difficult to forcibly place a child in a psychiatric dispensary: ​​“It must really be a very difficult diagnosis. And here [in the case of Prokudina] – nonsense, sucked from the finger, and nothing. “

The lawyer Vasin before the court asked the professor of medical and general psychology Vladimir Mendelevich to prepare his opinion on the case. He studied the medical documents of Alena Prokudina and criticized the Krasnoyarsk psychiatrists: Mendelevich considered that their conclusions were purely theoretical and there was no reason to keep the girl in the hospital.

The court attached this conclusion and promised to study it in the deliberation room. However, according to Vasin, the judge spent only four minutes there. When she returned, she allowed the involuntary hospitalization of 14-year-old Alena to a mental hospital for an indefinite period. According to the lawyer, this is also illegal: the judge had to say how much time the teenager would be kept in the hospital. In addition, the judge read out only the operative part. According to the lawyer, such decisions are executed immediately, which means that they can appeal immediately – but the defense was not provided with a full version of the decision with a motivation part.

Alena, hearing that she would not get home again, burst into tears. At that moment, her mother was frightened: “She is going to have a hysterics now, and they will really say:” Well, we said – she needs to be treated! “

* * *

In the house where Alena lives, calm music plays quietly, in the middle of the living room there is a blue hammock. Many indoor flowers, piano and synthesizer: Olga used to work as a music teacher.

Alena’s parents and sister are very scared. Olga, 46, doubts everything; in particular, she does not understand what she can talk about their life (which she considered “the most ordinary”) and what not. After in court she heard from a psychiatric dispensary employee that Alena’s inclination to “philosophical reflections” is also an argument in favor of forcibly hospitalizing her, Olga no longer knows what can be said and done at all in order to “not harm” daughter.

For example, Olga doubts whether it is possible to say openly that she and her husband are artists – they paint portraits to order on tombstones. “At first it seemed to me that everything is being done for our good, but now I am afraid that absolutely any fact that I cannot even think of can be counted as an argument in favor of the fact that Alenka has or may have suicidal thoughts or desire kill someone. They will say: “Mom draws portraits of the dead on the gravestones – well, it is clear where the child’s suicidal thoughts come from!”

Whatever Olga begins to tell, she immediately pulls herself back and asks: is this normal? Could this be considered “in favor of the daughter being a danger to others or herself?” Even when Pronina again explains that she and her daughter have always had a very trusting relationship – and they “discussed everything, everything, for example, religion and the value of each life,” she suddenly stumbles: “Oh, maybe it’s not good that I am with your daughter even discussed such a topic as religion? “

There is pink wallpaper on the walls in Alena’s room, and a map of the world hangs above the table. A teddy bear and a hare are sitting on the bed. According to the mother, although the repairs in her daughter’s room were made only a couple of years ago, she had already “outgrown” the pink wallpaper, her interests had changed. She became a teenager. Parents were not ready to glue the new wallpaper in her room, so Alena pasted posters and pictures with characters from TV shows, actors and simply beautiful landscapes over the bed over the pink wallpaper.

When a search was going on in Alena’s room a few weeks ago, Olga says, her daughter “stood silently and watched them screaming and throwing all her things on the floor – and only when they tore off her pictures from the wall, which she had been taking away and glued for six months, softly wept. “

Countrywide attacks

Meduza was unable to find out the names of other adolescents who were hospitalized in psychiatric dispensaries in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, let alone contact them. The FSB did not respond to Meduza’s inquiry, and the press service of its regional department did not answer the phone.

According to Darya Glinskaya, her sister told her that she did not know any of the other detainees. Olga only recalls that on the morning of August 24, when she and her daughter were brought to the mental hospital, she saw a frightened 16-year-old boy in the corridor and asked: “Are you FSB too?” He answered in the affirmative.

Josep Martins / Unsplash; Alena Prokudina’s archive

Olga also remembers that when on September 1 she came to the hospital for the court hearing on her daughter’s case, she met “frightened women” in the hospital. She asked them: “Are you from the FSB?” They confirmed it. ““ Do you believe that your children are terrorists? ”-“ No, ”Olga recounts her conversation. – “Let’s fight together.” And they are like that – hop, they stopped talking at all. They just lowered their eyes to the floor and so, no matter what you ask, they are silent. “

Soon Olga learned that the parents of some teenagers then “somehow, apparently, managed to come to an agreement,” and they were released. Upon learning of this, Olga began to reproach herself for the fact that initially “began to resist, did not remain silent and the limit of all the horror of publicity.” “Probably, if I had kept silent too, Alena would have already been released,” she says.

One of the girl’s teachers says this, refusing to discuss her story with Meduza even anonymously: “There is a feeling that I can harm her with absolutely any phrase.” None of Alena’s friends on VKontakte or her teachers agreed to answer Meduza’s questions about her either.

On September 4, the Investigative Committee reported that the security forces “prevented an explosion at a school in the Krasnoyarsk Territory.” One of the nine detained schoolchildren allegedly admitted that in the spring he “planned a terrorist attack, studied the instructions for making explosive devices, found the necessary components and collected four bombs, which he kept in a non-residential building” – and the security forces prevented the planned implementation.

“During the interrogation, the teenager fully admitted his guilt and repented of his deed,” it was reported. A criminal case was opened against the teenager on preparation for a terrorist attack, training in order to carry out a terrorist attack, as well as on the illegal manufacture, storage and carrying of explosive devices.

On the same day, RIA Novosti reported that the FSB had detained 13 more people who were preparing attacks on educational institutions in several regions of Russia. As stated in the note, the plans to carry out attacks follow “from the personal diaries of the detainees,” as well as the records found in their gadgets. They, according to the agency, found instructions for the manufacture of incendiary and explosive devices, schemes of attacks, several ready-made homemade bombs with submunitions, components for their assembly, as well as hunting, traumatic and cold weapons stored with violations.

The IC website  says that in 2020 the security forces prevented several more armed attacks by teenagers on educational institutions – in Kostroma, Snezhinsk, Saratov, Kerch, Sakhalin, Krasnoyarsk, Tyumen region and Volgograd. The detained teenager from Volgograd did not plead guilty, but the investigation considered that he was going to kill a school employee and one of the students. A criminal case was opened against him for the illegal manufacture of explosives. He also faces an article on the preparation of the murder of two or more people.

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Lawyer Vasin says that the materials of the check in relation to Alena Prokudina are in the Investigative Committee, and not in the FSB, because in relation to minors, grave and especially grave crimes are always investigated by this department. In the Investigation Department for the Central District of Krasnoyarsk, where the case is located, Meduza was unable to promptly respond to the request.

According to the defense lawyer, they have not sent him the case materials either. “In a conversation with [Alena’s] mom and dad during interrogation, the investigator voiced Article 205.2 (‘Public calls to carry out terrorist activities, public justification of terrorism or propaganda of terrorism’). Before that, the words “terrorism”, “school terrorism”, “Columbine” – and that was all. Despite the fact that two weeks have passed since the day of the search, we were not given more information about what the child is suspected of.

(c)MEDUZA 2020


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