Monday, June 3, 2013
New Sacrilege Offence Introduced in Russian Parliament
The website Russia Beyond the Headlines has a story about a bill progressing through Russia's lower house of Parliament that would make it a crime to "express clear contempt for society" by "insulting religious feelings of religious people" while in a holy place such as a church or mosque. The maximum fine for the proposed offence would be three years' imprisonment and the equivalent of a $ 16,000 fine. According to the article, the bill has received widespread support, including from the country's head of the Presidential Council on Human Rights.