A fairly large number of criminal acts can be attributed to crimes of an
extremist nature, but not all of them can be committed via the Internet. This type of crime has
a number of characteristic features that must be established at the initial and subsequent
stages of the investigation: 1) the situation in which the crimes were committed, including
place and time. A feature of the place is the possibility of committing a crime by a person
located anywhere in the world where there is Internet access. The specifics of time include
the fact that a crime can be committed for a long time – from the moment extremist
information is posted on the network until it is blocked; 2) the methods of committing the
considered category of crimes, the features of which are the placement of information
containing elements of an extremist nature (texts, pictures, posts, songs, etc.), as well as
great opportunities for concealing the crime. In addition to encrypting files, it is possible
to quickly delete them from information carriers. Given these circumstances, the priority
is the immediate recording of information with an extremist orientation contained in
electronic media, and the identification of the persons who posted it. At the same time the
key points in the investigation should be the examination of the Internet resource with the
obligatory indication of the email address, name, information about feedback, contacts,
as well as the appointment of computer and linguistic expertise.
Senior Lecturer of the Department of Criminalistics of the Omsk Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, Omsk, Russian Federation, PhD. in Law.
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