Pavel Chikov: "In the Name of God: Atheists in Russia Under Fire" [The Moscow Times]

posted 19 May 2017, 12:58 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 19 May 2017, 13:02 ]
18 May 2017

By Pavel Chikov

Source: The Moscow Times

A recent court case demonstrates that the Russian church has teamed up with the state to take aim at atheists

Since Russian video blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky was sentenced to three years probation in a Yekaterinburg court this month, the debate in Russia is on — the debate about whether it’s even lawful in Russia not to believe in God. This national conversation came to a head this week when major Russian television anchor Vladimir Pozner asked if he was breaking the law simply being an atheist. Russia’s Constitutional court judge Gadis Gadjiyev responded later in an interview that atheism is not an offense under Russia’s constitution. [Read more via The Moscow Times]