The teenagers from Kansk, detained because of plans to “blow up” the FSB building in Minecraft, were cleared of the charge of participation in the terrorist community. But they still face life imprisonment

The Investigative Committee closed the criminal case under the  article on participation in a terrorist community, which was opened against three teenagers from Kansk in the Krasnoyarsk Territory.

The criminal prosecution of adolescents was stopped due to the absence of corpus delicti in their actions, they received the right to rehabilitation, Novaya Gazeta reports, referring to the relevant resolution of the Investigative Committee.

In the decision of the investigation it is said that the group, consisting of three schoolchildren, “does not have the necessary structure, does not have subdivisions, as well as a clear distribution of functions between the participants, therefore it is not possible to regard this group as a terrorist community.”

The criminal case under the article on participation in the terrorist community, according to Novaya Gazeta, was opened in November 2020 after a comprehensive psychological and linguistic forensic examination. In the course of the study, experts noted that in their correspondence, the teenagers mentioned articles by Novaya Gazeta and OVD-Info, as well as statements by anarchist Pyotr Kropotkin and musician Kurt Cobain. In addition, experts pointed out that teenagers like Yegor Letov’s songs.

At the same time, the investigators charged the teenagers under the  article on undergoing training in order to carry out terrorist activities. Agora’s lawyer, Vladimir Vasin, told Mediazona that not everyone has yet been charged.

The case for preparing for terrorist activities, as Baza wrote , was opened in the summer of 2020. The teenagers were detained after they pasted leaflets in support of MSU graduate student Azat Miftakhov in Kansk; they pasted one of the leaflets on the FSB building. The schoolchildren’s phones were taken away, and it turned out from their correspondence that the teenagers had built an FSB building in the video game Minecraft, which they decided to “blow up”. According to other sources, the teenagers were preparing to blow up the real FSB building.

(c)MEDUZA 2021

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