Moscow slams ‘abominable’ new Charlie Hebdo cartoon
02 March 2015, 11:35
Moscow - The head of the Russian parliament's foreign
affairs committee Alexei Pushkov on Sunday denounced a cartoon published in the
latest issue of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on the truce in
Ukraine as "abominable".
The drawing, entitled 'Ceasefire: boredom sets in in
Donetsk', depicts the inhabitants of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine
standing amid ruins and rubble wondering, 'How about we do something with some
"It is an abomination, not freedom of expression,"
Pushkov, who is known for his controversial statements, wrote on his Twitter
Russia initially welcomed an historic march against
terrorism in Paris after January's deadly attacks on the weekly, but many media
and Russian officials have subsequently turned against Charlie Hebdo, saying it
disrespects religious followers.
Three Russian media outlets were handed penalties by the
country's media regulator in January for reprinting recent caricatures of the
Prophet Muhammad published in the magazine.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters also gathered on 19
January in Grozny, capital of the Chechnya region, to denounce the cartoons of
the satirical newspaper.