Putin is so sensitive

Marc Bennetts reports from Moscow:

A woman in Russia faces jail after she posted a photograph online that showed her lighting a cigarette with a candle in a Russian Orthodox church.

The unnamed 21-year-old woman is the latest person to be charged under a law against “insulting the feelings of religious believers” that was approved by President Putin in 2013 after a protest in a Moscow cathedral by the feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot. Offenders can be given three years in prison.

Putin the murderer made it a crime to “insult the feelings” of godbotherers. Misplace priorities much? It’s a considerable insult to the feelings of victims when you murder them, and their friends and families probably feel much the same.

Ruslan Sokolovsky, a 22-year-old video blogger, was charged last year under the same law after filming himself playing Pokémon Go in the Church of All Saints in Yekaterinburg.

Straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel.

Critics have said that the law is being used to stifle freedom of expression and crack down on anyone who opposes the powerful Russian Orthodox Church, a key ally of the Kremlin.

Viktor Krasnov, 39, from Stavropol in the south, faces jail for writing “There is no God” on an online chat forum.

In November masked police officers raided the homes of people who protested against the construction of a church in a park in northern Moscow.

The authorities in St Petersburg have called for protesters to be charged for demonstrating this month against the handover of a landmark cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church.

No wonder Trump is so enamored of Russia.

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