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People's freedom can be restricted for security, moral reasons - Russian Church

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=10232 23 January 2013, 17:15 People s freedom can be restricted for security, moral reasons - Russian Church
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      23 January 2013, 17:15
      People's freedom can be restricted for security, moral reasons - Russian
      Church

      Moscow, January 23, Interfax - A representative of the Russian Orthodox
      Church believes people's freedom can be restricted for security and
      moral reasons.

      "Freedom is not absolute. Freedom can and should be restricted for
      security and moral reasons," Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of
      the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations, said at the
      meeting of the Presidential Human Rights Council on Wednesday.

      He said "international law documents and the entire historical heritage
      of mankind state" that freedom can be restricted.

      The Presidential Human Rights Council discussed the amendments to the
      bill toughening punishment for insulting believers' feelings.

      The bill was criticized by independent human rights activists, the
      council's chairman Mikhail Fedotov, and human rights ombudsman Vladimir
      Lukin.

      The law was supported by Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir
      Zhirinovsky, Yaroslav Nilov (the head of the State Duma committee on
      public associations and religious organizations), Alexander Boroda
      (president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia), and
      Shafig Pshikhachev (executive director of the International Islamic
      Mission and a representative of the Directorate of Muslims of the Caucasus).

      "The bill we are talking about is a step in the right direction," Father
      Vsevolod said.

      "We have no desire to crack down on anyone. A person who encroaches on
      holy things should feel that they will be held responsible," Pshikhachev
      said.
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