Criminal prosecution for offence of religious feelings

December 16, 2015. The Investigative Committee of Kirov region (Russia) started a criminal prosecution against two inhabitants, as the website of the Investigation Department of Kirov region reports. The prosecution is based on the Criminal Code (public actions, expressing obvious disrespect for society in order to insult religious feelings of believers).

According to the investigators, at the evening of September 22nd the two men agreed to make a scarecrow and place it at the Orthodox worship cross, located at the entrance to the village of Staraya Malinovka Vyatskopolyansky district. Their purpose was to insult the religious feelings of Christian believers.

At night of 22nd to 23rd of September, they took with them pieces of clothes and tools in order to make stuffed pants (jacket, rope, hat, mask and screws). They came to the village of Staraya Malinovka and using these items of clothing and dry grass, they made a scarecrow that placed it at the Orthodox worship crosses, located at the entrance to town.

The criminal proceedings are conducted investigations, which aimed at establishing all the circumstances of what happened. The investigation is continued.

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