Moscow, November 5, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated the inadmissibility of hurting feelings of believers and of allowing manifestations of extremism at a meeting with members of religious associations, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
"I'd recommend that you reread what the president and participants in that meeting have said about the inadmissibility of any steps, which could be described as an insult to the feelings of believers, as well as the inadmissibility of extremist actions of those wishing to speculate on such negative manifestations," Peskov told the press on Thursday.
Journalists asked whether, in the opinion of Kremlin and according to what the president said at the meeting, people who kill in retaliation against an insult to their feelings could be described as true believers.
"No, your understanding is wrong," Peskov said.
"Those trying to use their belief as a cover-up for crimes, of course, should not be excused and should be prosecuted consistently with the law. This is what was said [at the meeting between the president and representatives of religious associations]," Peskov said.
Russia must not allow the escalation of inter-ethnic tensions, which is happening in some countries, to occur in its territory, Putin said on Wednesday.
"Moreover, the situation in a number of countries, as we have seen, is difficult; we see what the actions of some provocateurs have led to; those who, under the guise of freedom of speech, offend the feelings of believers, and those who use it as a reason to justify violence and intolerance," Putin said.
"There is only one result: conflicts grow within society like a snowball and can fester for years and decades," he said.
"Together we must do everything we can to prevent developments like this in our country," Putin said.