President’s Press Secretary of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov is convinced that a magazine like the French Charlie Hebdo cannot appear in Russia.
This is how he answered a question from journalists on Thursday about the possibility of such a publication appearing in Russia. “This is because Russia is partly a Muslim country – there are about 20 million Muslims in Russia. And in Russia, Christianity is the main religion, our citizens are mostly Christians, and our country is unique because it is multiethnic and multireligious, with all denominations living in full respect for each other”, Peskov explained.
According to him, “this is the reason why the publication of such a magazine in our country is absolutely impossible, including due to the current legislation”.
The Kremlin representative did not answer the question about the admissibility of religious cartoons. “The thing is that it is a very complex substance and it is impossible to take part in this discussion from any official stance”, he explained.
“Certainly, it is unacceptable to insult the feelings of believers and at the same time it is unacceptable to kill people. Both are absolutely unacceptable”, the President’s Press Secretary stressed.
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