The court reinstated a student expelled for pacifist posts at the university
The court sided with a student expelled from the Russian University of Economics. Plekhanov for pacifist calls Lysenko and her friend posted messages about what is happening in Ukraine and pacifist calls on Instagram stories. After these posts, they were expelled from the Russian University of Economics. G. V. Plekhanov. The court ordered the university to restore the student max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
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The Zamoskvoretsky District Court of Moscow satisfied the claim of a former student of the REU. G. V. Plekhanov Polina Lysenko, expelled from the university for pacifist calls on Instagram, and decided to reinstate her to study, RBC was told in the press service of the court.
As lawyer Roman Kiselev told RBC, on February 24, Lysenko and her friend Antonina Begacheva posted “a number of rather emotional posts on social networks.” “It turned out that their social networks were monitored by the head of the security department of Plekhanov University. He took screenshots, wrote a memo addressed to the vice-rector stating that these posts contain signs of an administrative offense and that this does not correspond to the charter of the university. Among other things, he recommended girls for expulsion, & mdash; said the lawyer.
Begacheva in an interview with Novaya Gazeta she said that she accidentally found out about her expulsion on March 15, when she could not log into her school account, and then she told Lysenko about it. The defense insisted that the girls had not received any official notification of the start of the expulsion process, while the university, according to Kiselyov, claimed that it had sent a notification on the evening of February 24 to the personal accounts of the students, in which he asked them for an explanation.
“It was Thursday [February 24] evening. On Monday [February 28] an act of refusal to give written explanations is drawn up and an act of misconduct is drawn up. And a decision is made that the girls need to be expelled, & mdash; the lawyer continued.
According to him, the girls continued to attend lectures and online seminars (study was remote due to COVID-restrictions) and only later found out that they had been expelled. “There were no documents, except for the expulsion order, even at the faculty they did not know that they had been expelled. The expulsion took place through the administration, and not the faculty, as usual, — noted Kiselev.
As a result, it turned out that the girls were expelled due to posts on social networks. The defense insisted that the girls were not brought to administrative responsibility, “that is, the university took over the functions of a policeman and a judge, imposing a punishment,” the lawyer said. Secondly, the university applied a strict disciplinary measure without analyzing the severity of the misconduct and its causes, he noted. “In our case, it turns out that the reason is extraordinary: not every day a military operation begins, this affects the psychological and emotional state of people,” — explained Kiselev.
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According to Kiselev, the girls are not going to return to the university. «One thing— a formal process where repression is applied, and another thing— when it is done informally. The university has many ways to ruin their lives. Well, among other things, they waste time. If they still wait for recovery, then a lot of time will pass, and studies begin in September. Polina has already entered another university and will go to study there in the new academic year, — the lawyer explained.
The court has not yet made a decision on Begachev's claim. According to Kiselev, the meeting is scheduled for August 22.
RBC asked the press service of the REU for a comment. G. V. Plekhanov.
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