GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences (JLSS)

, 5:4

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Features information from young children in the process to investigate criminal cases

  • Lev BertovskyAffiliated withProfessor of Department of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Criminalistics, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia Email author 


The article discusses some of the problems devoted to obtaining information from young children in the criminal investigation process. Of course, every specialist, who has previously carried out such interrogations, has some idea of how difficult it is to implement such questioning without special knowledge about child psychology. This article describes the techniques that are still not widely known, though they are evidence-based, and their effectiveness is confirmed by studies conducted in the investigation of serious crimes in the Russian Federation. The article may contribute to the development of professional thinking investigative personnel, the expansion of information about the psychology of communication during interrogation, the possibilities of preserving and changes emerging in this situations. Taking into consideration that the process of obtaining information from an interrogee is based on objective laws of psychology and criminology, it seems that the findings can be used not only in the practice of Russian law enforcement agencies but also in other countries.


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