Dmitry Shirinkin

Dmitry Shirinkin

Location: Perm, Russia
57° 53' 29.3892" N, 56° 9' 43.5924" E
Status: Threatened
Threatened on 10 Oct 2007

The Perm Kirovsky District Court has found blogger Dmitry Shirinkin guilty of publishing a false report of an act of terrorism in the Internet. The blogger was ordered to pay a fine in an amount of 20,000 ruble. The 23-year old Russian blogger, Dmitry Shirinkin, who wrote a fiction story on his blog inspired by the Virginia Tech shooting. Dmitry was running a LiveJournal blog under the title tetraox and wrote about buying a gun and killing number of people in one of the city's colleges. He is being accused of “falsely warning of a terror threat.”

The Prosecutor's Office analysed  Dmitry's blog and concluded he had a desire to shoot dead a dozen people,” Russia Today reported. However, Shirinkin's defense is requesting a language analyst to give his expert opinion on the controversial text. The trial has been adjourned to September 20th.

In an interview with Russia Today (watch the video above), Shirinkin said “I didn’t expect that a short writing piece could provoke such reaction from the security services. They interrogated me asking where my gun was, but I'd never had one.”

According to Russia Today, the blog made Dmitry popular even before the trial as he was awarded the title of the best blogger in the region. On the other hand, Russian bloggers are concerned since Shirinkin's case might set a bad precedent for the country's Internet users.

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