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Russia briefly blocks atheist webpage over ‘insulting’ believers

Posted by doctore0 on July 14, 2015


Gawd, kiss me darling comrade

Gawd, kiss me darling comrade

A Russian atheist social networking page was briefly blocked Monday on the back of a court ruling that it insulted the feelings of religious believers.

The group called “There is no God” on the VKontakte networking site — which had over 26,000 followers — went offline for users across the whole country but started working again after sparking online debate.

A moderator’s message on the webpage said it was blocked due to a ruling by a court in the mainly Muslim North Caucasus region of Chechnya in May 2015.

“The community has been blocked due to the possible violation of the site’s rules,” it said.

VKontakte, Russia’s largest social networking site, did not respond to a request for comment.

A scan of the court decision published by Russian media accused the page of publishing materials that can “insult the feelings of Orthodox Christians”, based on an inspection of the page by prosecutors on April 6.

A cached version of the group’s website showed posts with pictures making fun of religion, mostly focusing on the Russian Orthodox Chuch.

One is a cartoon drawing of Jesus telling a surgeon during an operation: “I created this cancer, how dare you remove it?”, with the surgeon replying “Shut up, Jesus.
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