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Bobovkin M.V., Ruchkin V.A. Forensic Handwriting Examination in the Law Enforcement Activities of the Russian Federation

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/lc.jvolsu.2018.2.10

Mikhail V. Bobovkin, Doctor of Sciences (Jurisprudence), Professor, Department of Researching Documents, Educational and Scientific Complex of Forensic Examination, Moscow University of the Ministry of Interior of Russia named after V.Ya. Kikot, Akademika Volgina St., 12, 117437 Moscow, Russian Federation, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Vitaliy A. Ruchkin, Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation, Doctor of Sciences (Jurisprudence), Professor, Head of Department of Physical Materials Science and Forensic Examination, Institute of Priority Technologies, Volgograd State University, Prosp. Universitetsky, 100, 400062 Volgograd, Russian Federation, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Introduction: forensic handwriting examination is of great importance in law enforcement. The data from the official records of the forensic expert institutions of the Russian Federation indicate a tendency to increase in materials of forensic handwriting production, which is associated with the increase in the document flow in the country and a high level of its involvement in the criminal sphere of public life. In this regard, the authors set a goal to determine the current state and the direction of further development of the forensic handwriting examination in the Russian Federation. Methods: the methodological framework for the research are the methods of scientific cognition, among which the main are the methods of historicism, system, observation, comparison, analysis, synthesis, analogy, the study of expert practice, etc. Results: the author’s standpoint is based on the opinion of the competent academic community, the data of sociological survey on the topical issues of the theory and methodology of forensic handwriting examination, the organization and tactics of the use of its results in law enforcement. Conclusions: the current state of forensic handwriting examination in the Russian Federation allows solving a wide range of identification and diagnostic problems. However, increasing the efficiency of its use requires further development in certain areas. Among them are theoretical, experimental, methodological, organizational and tactical, managerial, material and technical, international areas and others.

Key words: current state and use of results of forensic handwriting examination in law enforcement, identification and diagnostic tasks of forensic handwriting research, main directions of development of forensic handwriting in the Russian Federation.

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