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.

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