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Kremlin: Russia can’t publish magazine similar to Charlie Hebdo

  • Published at 03:40 pm October 30th, 2020
Charlie Hebdo
File photo: Policemen are seen outside Charlie Hebdo's former office ahead of a ceremony marking the fourth anniversary of the jihadist attack in, Paris on January 07, 2019 AFP

According to him, therefore the publication of such a magazine in Russia is 'absolutely impossible,' including due to the current legislation

A France magazine that mocks religion, politics and culture like Charlie Hebdo would not be able to exist in Russia, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said after France saw its second deadly terror attack in two weeks. 

"Russia is partly a Muslim country, there are up to 20 million Muslims in Russia, and in Russia, where, of course, the fundamental religion is Christianity - most of all we have Christians living here - the uniqueness of our country is precisely in its multi-ethnic and multi-religious nature, and all faiths live in full respect for each other," Peskov said, reports Russian news agency Tass.

According to him, therefore the publication of such a magazine in Russia is "absolutely impossible," including due to the current legislation.

He did not comment on the issue whether religious cartoons were acceptable. "The thing is that this is a very complex substance and it is impossible to join 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," he said.

On Thursday, a knife-wielding Tunisian man shouting "Allahu Akbar" beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in the French city of Nice before being shot and taken away by police, reports Reuters.

The Nice attack occurred just under two weeks after a school teacher in a Paris suburb was beheaded by an 18-year-old attacker who was apparently incensed by the teacher showing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad in class.

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