Posner asked the authorities to explain the possibility of atheism without risk of violating the criminal code

Posner asked the authorities to explain the possibility of atheism without risk of violating the criminal code

Moscow. May 16. INTERFAX.RU Journalist Vladimir Pozner believes that the law on insulting the feelings of believers threaten atheists with the court and term.

Posner commented on its website a decision of Verkh-Isetsky court of Yekaterinburg sentenced to 3.5 years conditionally blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky, who caught the pokemon in the temple.

I, as you know, an atheist. Therefore, I believe that there is no God. It’s not that I run around and shout “no, no” from morning till evening, but do not hide their beliefs.Vladimir Pozner

“I would like to get an exhaustive explanation: confessing this look, I’m violating the criminal code? Maybe the Patriarch will tell you, if I insult his religious feelings, arguing that there is no God? Maybe the President of the constitutional court will tell me if I have the right to think what I think and Express what I Express? Maybe the President will bring clarity, not expecting me in court and, God willing, excuse the pun, a lenient sentence?” — asks questions of Posner.

However, he expressed concern that the placement of this message can threaten him with court or the period.

The journalist recalled that when the law on insulting the feelings of believers was adopted, many warned that it will be used for the persecution of opponents of the Church. According to him, this is what is happening now.

“Once the denial of the existence of God, that is atheism, burning at the stake, in particular, those enthusiastically engaged “the Holy Inquisition”. I have no doubt that still there are people who regret that this method of dealing with heresy is no longer applied, not going to name names, but it still attract at 248-th article of the criminal code for inciting hatred,” wrote Posner.

Sokolowski in the summer of 2016 posted online a video in which he caught the pokemon in the Temple-on-Blood, built on the site of Ipatiev house, in the basement of which was shot by the family of the last Russian Emperor. According to the investigation, from may 2013 to September 2016, a blogger has posted on YouTube nine videos, which, according to the experts, contain signs of incitement of hatred or enmity. Some of these experts also evaluated as actions that offend the feelings of believers. In addition, in the apartment of blogger found the “spy” pen.

11 may Verkh-Isetskiy district court of Yekaterinburg sentenced Sokolowski to three years and six months imprisonment. The court found that his correction is possible without actual imprisonment.

Sokolowski was found guilty of nine counts of crimes under part 1 of article 282 (inciting hatred or enmity, and humiliation of human dignity) and the seven crimes under part 1 of article 148 (public actions expressing clear disrespect for society and committed to insult the religious feelings of believers) of the criminal code. The verdict also notes that the young man without permission, acquired a special technical tool — a pen with a built-in DVR, which was discovered in his apartment during the search, but was convicted of illicit trafficking of these funds (article 138.1).

The sentence Sokolovsky has caused a wide public resonance.