Russian Practice: Persecution for Criticism or Punishment for Blasphemy



Art critics Yuri Samodurov, Andrei Yerofeyev, and Lyudmila Vasilovskaya; artists Alexander Savko and Artem Loskutov; members of Pussy Riot; human rights defender Maxim Yefimov; and many other activists might have been sentenced to between three and five years in prison if a proposed Russian law on blasphemy had been adopted earlier.


Foreign Agent Criminal Code Criminal Prosecution Religious Believer Religious Feeling 
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  1. Interfax. Defiler of icons in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior was sentenced to restriction of freedom. 2013. [In Russian].
  2. New York Times. Art trial reveals clash of Russian cultures. The New York Times. 8 July 2010.[In Russian].
  3. Russian Federation (2013) Draft Bill #142303: Amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation in order to counter the insult of religious beliefs and feelings of citizens, desecration of objects and objects of religious worship (pilgrimage), places of worship, and ceremonies”.
  4. Sakharov Center. Baburin: No to obscurantism at the center of Moscow. 2007.
  5. Lenta. Patriarch condemned Samodurov and Yerofeyev for the lack of love. 2010.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Agora Human Rights Association, St. PetersburgPetersburgGermany

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