Russian Man Could Be Jailed for 'No God' Internet Comment

He's been charged with hurting religious people's feelings
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2016 7:01 PM CST
Russian Man Could Be Jailed for 'No God' Internet Comment

Wow, Russia takes Internet comments super seriously. AFP reports 38-year-old Viktor Krasnov is facing up to a year in jail after writing "there is no God" online. He also called the Bible "a collection of Jewish fairy tales" during the same 2014 argument on social media, according to NBC News. Krasnov was ratted out by one of the people he was arguing with, and the Russian Investigative Committee charged him with hurting religious people's feelings under the four-year-old "Pussy Riot" law. His trial started Monday. In addition to the possibility of jail time, Krasnov's comments caused him to be put into a psychiatric ward for a month before he was determined to be sane. "I don't know how you can treat social networking posts seriously," NBC quotes Krasnov. "Looks like we need a law to protect atheists' feelings too." (Read more Russia stories.)

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