29 October 2020, 14:35
Magazine similar to France's Charlie Hebdo impossible in Russia - Peskov
Moscow, October 29, Interfax - It would be impossible to have magazines similar to France's Charlie Hebdo in Russia, including due to restrictions in legislation, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
Responding to a question from journalists whether a magazine like Charlie Hebdo could exist in Russia, Peskov said, "No, it could not."
"Let's not forget that Russia is partially a Muslim country; some 20 million Muslims live in Russia. The prevailing religion in Russia is Christianity, but our country is unique, because people of various ethnic origins and religions live here. And all religions live in full respect for each other," Peskov said.
"Therefore, the existence of such a magazine is absolutely impossible, including with regard for our current legislation," he said.
Responding to a follow-up question as to whether this restriction is connected to the protection of believers' feelings, Peskov said, "Of course."
Peskov was also asked what the Kremlin thinks about a statement by Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Russia's internal republic of Chechnya, who emphasized his religious affiliation during discussions concerning the killing of a teacher in France. Peskov said theological disputes are not the Kremlin's prerogative.
"I was asked this question yesterday. I answered it. All other things are probably not included in our functions, and moreover, it isn't the Kremlin's prerogative to conduct any theological disputes. We're not going to do that," Peskov said