The Agency on Affairs of nationalities wants to test students on extremism
Federal Agency for the Affairs of nationalities (FADH) jointly with the interior Ministry is preparing a system of questioning of students of secondary special educational institutions and universities on extremism.
This was announced at a recent forum “Russian Caucasus: the territory of unity”. The survey should identify sympathetic and inclined to accept extremist ideas, said senior consultant of the Department of monitoring, analysis and forecast FADH Valentina Laza.
Now the project is being coordinated with the Moscow government, because I want to try it in the capital, and later spread to the whole of Russia.
It is planned that the survey will be conducted during the submission of documents by the applicants or 1 year.
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MVD, Ministry of internal Affairs in Moscow and the Moscow government to the queries of “sheets” have not responded. The Ministry of education, according to his press service, pays special attention to combating the ideology of extremism in the youth environment and supports activities aimed at preventing the involvement of children and young people in antisocial acts.
At the same time, the Ministry stressed that “conducting any interviews and questioning of students in educational institutions are valid only on a voluntary basis, in their individual consent.”
In a number of universities now carry out preventive measures. So, in the Pyatigorsk state University held a training workshop on counter-terrorism nature and is focused on freshmen, which will be extended to other universities in Stavropol Krai, and then the entire North Caucasus Federal district, says the Director of the Institute of strategic studies of the University Viktor Panin.
The workshop includes lectures, socio-psychological surveys and round tables with experts.
Rector of Moscow state construction University Andrey Volkov considers that such initiatives should be treated carefully, but while such offers did not discuss with them.
According to the rector of Financial University Michael Eskindarov, “everything that goes to benefit the fight against extremism, the need to maintain” and they are ready to do this test.
We want to know what the mood is among students. All measures to ensure the security is correct. I don’t think anyone would punish students for their thoughts.
Rector of Moscow state Institute of culture Ivan Lobanov willing to support anything that benefits the security, but notes that the topic is sensitive and needs an elaborate methodology to “useful not resulted in negative things.”
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Law enforcement officers are required to seek and prevent potential extremism, but raise questions as to the procedure for the survey, says the Commissioner for students ‘ rights, Artyom Khromov: “Will it be voluntary? Who will have access to this information? And most importantly — what will happen to the student if you find that he’s a potential extremist? And if it will be put in place preventive measures, what?”.
The survey can help to identify extremism, and the tendency to cross the line from sentiment to action, head of the Department of sociology of youth, Institute for social and political research (ISPR RAS) Julia Zubok: “so far, no clear methodology of the survey and how results will be used. The concern is, as the ethics of using such data is a big problem”.
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In her opinion, a major role in the tendency for such sentiments play financial situation, the extremists in the environment and the mood on risk, and the level of confidence in the government and public institutions: “If this level falls, then it is necessary to sound the alarm. We understand that the media was the big story of Barbara Karaulova, but other examples abound. That day holds, good or bad, is the credibility of the government, and it is to the first person”.
Such information may go to Pro-rectors on educational work, the center “e” or FSB, says the head of the center “Sova” Alexander verkhovskiy: “There is nothing wrong to interview students. Confused how to interpreted the information. For example, the man says that he is a Muslim, follows the rituals, but to someone critical, for example to the regional mufti, then may find that he is related to underground youth structure, and it will take note of this. And he’s just critical of everything”.
Therefore, the most important questions is the interpretation of the results and of possible interest eshnikov, sums up the expert.
Understand the interest of investigators, they should satisfy, but not confuse psychological research with operational development.Alexander Verkostoituminen center “Sova”