Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said disrespecting Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) did not count as the “expression of artistic freedom”.
He termed blasphemy of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as a “violation of religious freedom and the violation of the sacred feelings of people who profess Islam.”
Addressing the annual news conference, Putin said such acts give rise to extremist reprisals.
The Russian president citing the attack on the editorial office of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris as an example after it published blasphemous sketches of the Holy Prophet (PBUH.
Putin added that art has its limits and it shouldn’t infringe on other freedoms.
“In some other countries, this respect comes in short supply,” he remarked.