On 4 February 2021, a regular online meeting of the author’s project ‘Criminal law gatherings at N.A. Lopashenko’s’ was arranged together with the Saratov Branch Office of the Union of Criminalists and Criminologists. The meeting was held in the ‘person’ format. It was dedicated to Yuri V. Golik, Doctor of Law, Professor of the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology of the Moscow Academy of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation.
The online meeting was attended by over 100 researchers and practitioners from all regions of Russia and neighboring countries: the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Ukraine and Germany.
First of all, Natalia A. Lopashenko arranged a mini-interview with Yuri V. Golik consisting of questions on various topics.
After that, Yuri V. Golik outlined the topic of his speech: ‘The Criminal State’ and moved on to the report, during which the following issues were covered:
- a noticeable increase in the criminal activity of the state in various spheres of life and activities (from unleashing of aggression to trafficking in human organs);
- sharp politicization of research in this area. In the West, all states whose policies are objectionable to the United States are declared criminal states: Russia, North Korea, Libya, Iran, Cuba etc.;
- Little-studied problems.
- Only a moral state can resist the criminal state!».
The speaker received numerous questions from the audience, some of them were:
- Professor Semyon Y. Lebedev (Moscow): ‘A person can be denoted as a criminal by a court verdict, and who can declare the state a criminal?’;
- Professor Natalia A. Lopashenko (Saratov): ‘Do you believe that the UN is an effective organization nowadays, ‘How can we return to fair elections nowadays?’;
- Associate Professor Roman A. Zabawka (Irkutsk): ‘What are the characteristics of the criminal law in a criminal state?’;
- Professor Vyacheslav I. Seliverstov (Moscow): ‘What is the assessment of the possibility (as a percentage) of the existence of a just state in the modern world?’;
- Professor Viktor I. Gladkikh (Moscow): ‘What is the main national paradigm of our state that will be relevant in 10-20 years?’;
Several participants shared their observations about the performance:
Professor Vyacheslav I. Seliverstov (Moscow), Professor Igor M. Matskevich (Moscow), Professor Simon Y. Lebedev (Moscow), Professor Vladimir S. Dzhatiev (Moscow), Professor Victor I. Gladkikh (Moscow), Professor Alexei G. Kibalnik (Stavropol), Professor Yakov I. Gilinsky (Saint Petersburg), Associate Professor Danil V. Miroshnichenko (Moscow), Associate Professor Andrey V. Zvonov (Ryazan), Associate Professor Julia L. Prikolotina (Polotsk).
In conclusion, Professor Yuri V. Golik thanked all the participants for their scientific interest. Natalia A. Lopashenko declared the Gatherings over.
The review was prepared by the Secretary of the Union of Criminalists and Criminologists Saratov Branch, Roman Komyagin
Translated by Elizaveta O. Ovchinnikova