Russian charged with insulting Christians
Mar 03, 2016
It appears that it may now be illegal in Russia to deny the existence of God, as it may offend the religious feelings of Christians.
MOSCOW — A Russian faces up to a year in prison for saying "there is no God" during an argument on social media, his lawyers said Wednesday.
Viktor Krasnov also wrote the "Bible is a collection of Jewish fairy tales" during the discussion on European social networking site Vk.com in 2014, lawyer and human-rights activist Pavel Chikov posted on his Facebook page.
Krasnov, whose offending posts have been deleted, is on trial in his native city of Stavropol in southern Russia, according to the local magistrate's website. Charges were filed in the fall of 2015 and the trial began on Monday, according to his lawyer.
Is this payback for US and European policy about offending the religious feelings of Muslims?
Dr. Stephen Jones