Methodological Issues in the Inquiry of Ambiguous Texts in Extremism Cases



The article discusses the most topical issues in research of disputable texts on extremism cases, dealing with understanding of the research subject, choice of the methods, definition of different specialists’ spheres of competence in the course of psycho-linguistic inquiry, legal and expert concepts etc. It provides general outlook of the main methodological recommendations statements, created by the group of authors form the Russian Federal Center of Forensic Inquiry of the Russian Ministry of Justice on the materials of expert practice. The recommendations describe organizational and legal groundings for complex psycho-linguistic expertise, main ideas and principles of complex psycho-linguistic investigation of “extremist texts”, technology of expert inquiry, criteria for expert assessment, peculiarities of typical experts’ mistakes and their prevention, recommendations on writing reports etc.

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Keywords: psychological forensic inquiry, complex psycho-linguistic expertise, extremist activity, text, inquiry method.

Journal rubric: Forensic and Clinical Psychology in Legal Context

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Sekerazh T.N. Methodological Issues in the Inquiry of Ambiguous Texts in Extremism Cases [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2011. Vol. 1, no. 2 (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Tatiana N. Sekerazh, PhD in Law, Docent, Head, Laboratory of Forensic Psychology, Russian Federal Centre of Forensic Science of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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