Vladimir Pozner has published on its website a polemical appeal to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill, which asks to explain, whether personally threatened him with a prison sentence for atheistic views.
Thus, a popular Russian TV host responded to the process in the case of blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky, who was sentenced to 3.5 years prison sentence for insulting the feelings of believers «through the denial of the existence of God, denial of existence of the founder of Christianity and Islam, Jesus Christ and Muhammad.»
«I, as you know, the atheist. Therefore, I believe that there is no God. It’s not that I run around and shout «no, no» from morning till evening, but do not hide their beliefs. I would like to get an exhaustive explanation: confessing this look, I’m violating the criminal code? Maybe the Patriarch will tell you, if I insult his religious feelings, arguing that there is no God? Maybe the President of the constitutional court will tell me if I have the right to think what I think and Express what I Express? Maybe the President will bring clarity, not expecting me in court and, God willing, excuse the pun, a lenient sentence?» – rhetorically asks Posner.
«I would like to remind you that when the law on insulting the feelings of believers was adopted three years ago, many warned that it will be used for the persecution of opponents of the Church. Well, this is it. Person denies the existence of God, i.e. he is an atheist. Once the denial of the existence of God, that is atheism, burning at the stake, in particular, those enthusiastically engaged «the Holy Inquisition». I have no doubt that still there are people who regret that this method of dealing with heresy is no longer applied,» recalls broadcaster.