Social networks in the 21st century multiplied this culture. Now they take it to the point where it clashes with what we call ‘legal procedures’ – identifying perpetrators of specific crimes and punishment that would be appropriate to the degree of their guilt. <…> A network user cannot wait two years for the trial and the verdict. They need it right here right now — Andrey Loginov, State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation.
I faced backlash after one of my articles. <…> Why are you speaking against the culture of cancelling Russia, while various concerts are being cancelled in Russia? They suffer, too. However, cancelling concerts and cancelling the culture of a whole country are different. In a broad sense, cancelling a culture is hardly different from what they call sanctions, because sanctions cancel rules in a certain way — Mikhail Piotrovsky, General Director, The State Hermitage Museum.
When law, norms and legal principles are forgotten, we find ourselves in a situation similar to one depicted by Francisco Goya in The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters. <…>. If I were to paraphrase it, I would say that the sleep of law produces monsters, too. These are the monsters of unfairness, intolerance and, of course, cancel culture as their apotheosis — Vadim Vinogradov, Dean of the Faculty of Law, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Head of the Working Group on Legislation in the Field of Internet Technologies and Digitalization, Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation.