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The HRC has suggested to decriminalize the article of the Criminal Code on insult of feelings of believers - RIA Novosti, 8/22/2018


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MOSCOW, 22 Aug — RIA Novosti. The Human Rights Council (HRC) has suggested to decriminalize the article of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation on arousing hatred or hostility and also article about insult of feelings of believers and to transfer punishment for these actions in the field of administrative responsibility, it is told in the recommendations of HRC about improvement of the legislation on counteraction to extremism and practice of its application. © the RIA Novosti / Maxims Bogodvid Pereyti in an image bank of ROC I have urged believers not to bring the matter on insult of their feelings to court "It is offered to decriminalize part 1 of Art. 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Arousing hatred or hostility, and humiliation of human dignity is equal), by which the greatest number of convictions for extremist activity is pronounced in spite of the fact that yuridiko-technically she is directly not connected with definition of extremist activity … To add the Code of the Russian Federation about administrative offenses with the corresponding administrative offense" — it is noted in the recommendations published on the website of Council. Besides, in HRC suggest to exclude this article of the Criminal Code a formulation "humiliation of advantage" of a group of persons, having left only "arousing hatred", "as the first formulation in practice is comparable to insult which is administrative offense, but not criminal offense". Also in HRC support decriminalization p.1 as Art. 148 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Violation of the right to freedom of worship and religions) and suggest to add the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offences with the qualified structure of insult or the words "and also other public actions expressing obvious disrespect for society and made for insult of religious feelings or atheistic views of citizens". "Practice as regards 1 article 148 Criminal Code of the Russian Federation is still not numerous, however already now it is possible to speak about legal uncertainty of the terms "religious views" and "believers" regarding legitimacy of their distribution at atheistic views and their adherents in order to avoid discrimination of the last" — it is explained in recommendations.

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