Russian Man Faces Jail Time For Denouncing the Bible
Viktor Karsenovis under investigation for a social media post that explains his atheist opinions.
Viktor Karsenov (38), a resident of the city of Stavropol in southern Russia, is facing repercussions for the opinions he wrote in a debate on religious faith on VK, the largest social network in Russia, back in 2014.
Karsenov, an avowed atheist, wrote in a post that “there is no God. If I say that the collection of Jewish legends termed the ‘Bible’ is bullshit, that’s a sign that for me that’s how it is.”
Another user of the VK social network issued a complaint to the police against Karsenov, accusing him of hurting the feelings of the religious.
According to new laws passed by the Russian parliament in recent years – particularly after the appearance of the female band “Pussy Riot” that condemned the church, President Vladimir Putin and Christian believers – harming the feelings of those with religious faith is a criminal offense that carries a one year active jail sentence.
Karsenov was summoned for investigation and afterwards was sent for a psychiatric check in order to see if he was fit to stand trial. After spending around a month in a psychiatric clinic last year, it was determined that he was fit for trial, and his case began on Wednesday.
In an interview with local Russian media Karsenov
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