Russia

Putin: Disrespecting the Prophet Mohammed is Not Freedom of Expression

By Abdulla Gaafarelkhalifa

On December 23, 2021, in an annual news conference held in Moscow, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said disrespecting the Prophet Mohammed is not freedom of expression. Insults against the Prophet Muhammad are a "violation of religious freedom and the violation of the sacred feelings of people who profess Islam."

Siberian Shaman Forced into Psychiatric Ward for Challenging Putin

On September 23, the Yakutsk City Court rejected Aleksandr Gabyshev’s appeal on their July 26 ruling. In July, the city court’s ruling ordered Gabyshev’s indefinite confinement to a psychiatric facility for a mandatory “intensive treatment.” The court determined that Gabyshev lacks legal capacity due to insanity, despite the protest of his defense attorneys.

Scientology Linked Orgs Declared Threat to the Security of Russia

The office of the Prosecutor General of Russian declared on Friday, September 24th, that the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises International and Church of Spiritual Technology are threats to the “security of the Russian Federation.” Both religious organizations are connected to the Church of Scientology, a California-based religious cult infamous for

Russian Minister: Western Schools Teach Children that Jesus is Bisexual

On June 28, Sergei Lavrov — the Foreign Minister of Russia — claimed that the western educational system teaches children that Jesus is bisexual and non-binary. In his essay published on The Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, Lavrov claimed that students are being taught that Jesus was bisexual. 

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