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Russia to discuss protection of believers' feelings at international level

16:27, 11 December 2020
Russia to discuss protection of believers' feelings at international level Photo: Sergey Bulkin/NEWS.ru

The Russian Foreign Ministry will raise the issue of protecting believers' feelings at the international forums and venues on the instruction of President Vladimir Putin.


The Russian Foreign Ministry shall initiate a discussion on international platforms of issues related to the prevention of actions aimed at insulting the religious feelings of believers and inciting interreligious enmity and conflicts on religious grounds, and to consider the possibility of concluding international agreements and (or) adopting a UN General Assembly resolution on such issues, the Russian leader's order says. 

A similar order was given after Putin met with representatives of religious associations on November 4.

NEWS.ru reported earlier that Abdoullakh Anzorov, an 18-year-old Russian immigrant of Chechen ethnic descent, attacked history teacher Samuel Paty and cut off his head, and then he published the picture on social networks. He was soon shot to death by police officers in a neighboring commune. The terrorist’s reason for the crime was a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad, published several years ago by a French satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo. Paty used the drawing in a lesson on freedom of speech in France.