CC
Favourite Share

Russian could go to prison for being an atheist

Fri 04 Mar 2016
By Aaron James

A man in Russia could go to prison for up to a year for saying "there is no God" in an online argument.

Viktor Krasnov, 38, made the remark as well as others on a local website in his southern hometown of Stavropol.

A local complained, accusing him of "offending the sentiments of Orthodox believers", and he was charged under Russia's blasphemy laws introduced in 2013.

Mr Krasnov was sectioned in a mental institution for a month before being deemed fit to stand trial, and appeared in court on Wednesday.

His lawyer has said he is "simply an atheist", and that he was not just targeting Christians with his comments.

Human rights organisations have criticised Russia's blasphemy laws saying they limit freedom of speech, but the Russian government says there are to protect minorities and prevent religious violence.


comments powered by Disqus
Your News Feed

Stay informed and inform others with up to the minute news from a Christian perspective. 

Daily News email

RSS feeds

News Widgets

Daily news direct to your inbox
You may also like...

The Russian Orthodox Church has expressed support of President... More

Christians have attacked an art exhibition in Moscow depicting... More

New rules by the Russian government could force all priests in... More

The Coptic and Russian Orthodox Church leaders have held a formal... More