Russian punk band Pussy Riot performed a song that criticized Vladimir Putin in a Catholic Cathedral back in 2012 and instantly became martyrs in the name of free speech and democracy as they were jailed for “offending believer’s feelings,” which became an actual enforced law in Russia after that specific incident.
Viktor Krasnov is now being persecuted under that same ridiculous ordinance. In 2014 Krasnov took to the Russian social networking platform VK saying, “there is no God” and “[the] Bible is a collection of Jewish fairy tales.” This opinion was unpopular enough in his country to get him charged with the crime of “offending believer’s feelings” and his trial began this past Monday.
It has been reported that Krasnov has been subjected to a month-long psychiatric evaluation to gauge his sanity.
Stories such as Viktor Krasnov’s are not singular, yet should not be buried or lost amongst all of the injustice against freedom of speech and the right to believe, or not believe, in your own ideals which you push onto no one but yourself. This should be a human, global right and standard.