2021-12-23 18:29:00

Insulting others not tantamount to freedom of creativity Putin

Moscow, December 23, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin has disagreed with those who call works insulting other people a freedom of creativity, and thinks that the current lack of culture of communication abroad should not be moved onto Russian soil.

"Of course, we must ensure freedom of creativity, freedom in general, because without freedom, no doubt, there is no progress: a sad future would await us, a very bleak and prospect-less one. But one has to understand that this freedom here, it enters into contradiction with the very goals we are developing it for, when it clashes with the freedom of another individual," Putin told a big press conference on Thursday.

A case in point are insults of the Prophet Mohammad, he said.

"What is this? Is this freedom of creativity? I think not. It is a violation of freedom of religion and violation of the sacred feelings of people who profess Islam. And this brings other, yet more acute and extremist manifestations to life. In Paris, they walked into a magazine's office and shot the whole staff dead. Well, why would we need to let things get to this point!" Putin said, referring to the 2015 radical Islamist attack on the office of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo after it had published a series of cartoons mocking the founder of Islam.

Freedom of creativity "should be within and should flow out of respect for all whom those actions or other concern," the president said.

He recalled that Russia established itself as a multi-cultural state, and Russians have, in the main, got used to treat each other's interests and traditions with respect. "It really is such a very powerful, solid foundation of the existence of Russia as a multi-ethnic state. One can sense, we are seeing, a deficiency of such culture of communication in other countries. What would we need to move this deficiency, like immunodeficiency, into our milieu, into our society?" Putin said.