Russian Atheist Faces Jail Sentence for Saying “There is No God” During Online Chat

In case you needed another reminder that Russia can be a frightening place for an atheist, one man faces a year-long jail sentence because he said online that “there is no God.”


Viktor Krasnov, 38, who appeared in court Wednesday, is being prosecuted under a controversial 2013 law that was introduced after punk art group Pussy Riots was jailed for a performance in Moscow’s main cathedral, his lawyer Andrei Sabinin told AFP.

“If I say that the collection of Jewish fairytales entitled the Bible is complete bullshit, that is that. At least for me,” Krasnov wrote, adding later “there is no God!”

One of the young people involved in the dispute with Krasnov then lodged a complaint against him accusing him of “offending the sentiments of Orthodox believers”.

Needless to say, blasphemy is a victimless crime, and the notion that anyone could go to jail for a thought offends my sensibilities. But I would never send someone to jail for merely disagreeing with me.

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