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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Insult

 

under Soviet criminal law, the intentional lowering of a person’s honor and dignity, expressed in unseemly form. The insult may be given orally, in writing, by gestures, or by actions, and it may be given either publicly, in the presence of the victim, or not in his presence (in which case the insult is recognized as a crime only if the accused wanted his insulting statements to become known to the victim or knowingly permitted them to become known). Insult is punishable by corrective labor for a term not exceeding six months, by a fine of up to 50 rubles, by compelling the guilty person to rectify the harm done, or by public censure. If the act was of a minor nature, measures of social pressure may be applied, including turning the case over to a comrades’ court. Greater liability has been established for an insult in print or an insult committed by a person previously found guilty of insult (if the record of conviction has not been canceled). A criminal case involving insult is initiated only on the complaint of the victim (private accusation) and may be terminated if the parties make peace before the court retires to render judgment.

Soviet criminal law provides for increased liability for insulting a representative of the government or a representative of the public who is fulfilling duties for the protection of public order, a militiaman, or a people’s guard (for example, arts. 192 and 1921 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR).

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The reader stops listening to the logic of what is being discussed and focuses on the insulter or the person being insulted.
Mes neveux et nieces qui vont a l'ecole se font insulter. Je recois des lettres de menace chez moi.
At a time when he accepted to be a soldier and insulter in the service of Iran's project in the region, Nasrallah is begging for dialogue in Lebanon," Rifi said.
Since he does not, in fact, speak Italian, Belloc's attempt is a hysterical blend of French, Latin, and Italian sounds: "Advancing my face also into my insulter's I shouted, 'Dio Lardo!
Yohanan Friedmann has demonstrated that on the crucial issue of whether or not the Muslim insulter of the Prophet may repent of his crime, support may be found in each of the four Sunni madhahib for either repentance or the impossibility of repentance.
En admettant par convention qu'entre des partenaires socialement predefinis, dont les relations pourraient justement avoir toutes les raisons d'etre agressives dans la realite, il est en quelque sorte recommande de s'insulter <<pour rire>>, d'une certaine facon, l'insulte, la vraie n'est plus possible ou devient en tout cas moins facilement identifiable.
In any event, Professor Kennedy's main complaint isn't with Brown's impact on the media, but with Warren's message: he condemns the opinion because it "says remarkably little about segregation's origins, ideology, implementation, or aims." (72) Or again, "Warren's opinion portrays an insult without an insulter." (73)
Au passage, il n'a pas manque de vituperer Taieb Baccouche [beaucoup moins que] habitue a induire en erreur le peuple et a insulter l'intelligence des Tunisiens [beaucoup plus grand que], selon ses dires.
Parmi ceux-ci : 40 % se sont fait traiter de noms, agacer ou insulter; 28 % ont subi traitement defavorable; 29 % discrimines par des personnes a l'ecole, 29 % par des personnes en general, 14 % par des personnes en particulier; 23 % attribuent la discrimination a leur groupe racial/ethnique; 10 % a leur difficulte avec la langue; 10 % a leur physique; 45 % a une raison autre.