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Экспертные заключения по делам о «словесном экстремизме» в России: спор о методах

The practice of mandatory recourse to linguistic experts’opinions in cases pertaining to the racial, ethnic, and other types of hatred and enmity, has caused the vastdevelopment of different approaches to the analysisof the texts. During last ten years, the numerous me-thodic recommendations of how to identify the “verbal extremism” have occurred. The author gives a critical re- view of the main approaches used by experts in Russiain cases where the prosecution seeks a proof of “verbal extremism”. The article reveals the controversies in theusage of analyzed approaches and concludes that there are enough grounds to challenge the appropriateness ofexisting methods of analysis of the “verbal extremism”phenomenon, as well as their relevance in the contextof analysis of texts of special pragmatics.