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    Ministry of Internal Affairs puts former HSE Vice-Rector Konstantin Sonin on the wanted list

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    The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia put on the wanted list a former teacher of the Higher School of Economics, economist Konstantin Sonin. As follows from the card in the search database, the basis for the search was an article of the Criminal Code. Which one is not specified. “Insulting the feelings of believers.” Why the police are looking for Tolokonnikova The Ministry of Internal Affairs put Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, one of the members of the Pussy Riot group, on the wanted list. She is wanted… 29 March 19:52

    “Sonin Konstantin Isaakovich, born in 1972, wanted under the article of the Criminal Code,” the agency’s database says.

    Sonin is currently teaching at the University of Chicago.

    He worked at the Higher School of Economics from 2007 to 2022. In 2014, he resigned as Vice-Rector of the Higher School of Economics, and he was fired from his position as a university teacher last summer.

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    On March 25, the Moscow Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case under paragraph “e” of part 2 of Art. 207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“public dissemination of knowingly false information about the use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation”). In a press release from the department, the name of the suspect was not called, it was only indicated that it was a 51-year-old man who had previously gone abroad. Later it became known that we are talking about Konstantin Sonin. Military operation in Ukraine. Day 456 Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Medvedev allowed a scenario in which Ukraine will disappear during… 25 May 23:58

    According to the investigation, Sonin published fakes about the RF Armed Forces in Telegram between April and July 2022.

    “According to the conclusion of experts, these publications contain linguistic and psychological signs of inciting hatred and enmity against military personnel of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on the basis of belonging to a social group,” the UK notes.

    Sonin himself in an interview with Radio Liberty (the organization is included by the Ministry of Justice in the list of foreign agents) (recognized as a foreign agent) stated that the case could have been initiated after his posts about the events in the city of Bucha.

    “You can find a huge number of investigations, and I am absolutely sure that everything I wrote was exactly the same. Perhaps some more posts about the bombing of the drama theater in Mariupol,” the professor told reporters.

    According to Sonin, his recent trip to Kyiv, where he gave lectures, could have been the trigger for the initiation of the case.

    Despite the criminal case, the economist continued to actively publish information about events in Ukraine on social networks. In March, in an interview with the BBC, he said that the last time he was in Russia was in the spring of 2022.

    The “Fake Law” was adopted in March 2022. According to the Russian Investigative Committee, as of February 2023, 152 criminal cases were opened in the country under articles on fakes and on the repeated discrediting of the Russian army.

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