Khakamada to initiate alternative bill on protection of believers' feelings in rights council

Politician Irina Khakamada has criticized the law on the protection of believers' rights and intends to raise the question about an alternative bill in the Presidential Human Rights Council.

"It's a very controversial and dangerous law. In its current form, it has a destructive force and discredits all aspects of the conflict. Any artist who interprets signs and symbols in his own way can insult the feelings of believes and be imprisoned. That will cause us to lose all culture and will cause serious religious conflicts," Khakamada told Interfax on Monday.

"The question is who can submit an alternative version of the law and to what extent the president will take it into account. We need to specify or remove the article on insulting religious feelings and convictions because they are not objects of a lawsuit. It's a very broad notion. It can't carry a punishment of up to three years in prison," Khakamada said responding to a question as to what issues she intends to discuss in the human rights council.

Khakamada believes the effectiveness of the council will depend on its management structure and on whether the Russian president will heed its decisions.

"The council works effectively when it not only raises issues, but also proposes specific solutions," she said.

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