Russian court overturns sentence in Jesus Christ caricature case
MOSCOW, October 27 (RAPSI) - A court in Russia’s city of Sochi on Friday reversed sentence passed on a local resident Viktor Nochevnov for repost of Jesus Christ caricatures on a social media platform, his attorney Alexander Popkov told RAPSI on Friday.
The case will be remanded for a new proceeding, the lawyer added.
The man was found guilty of wounding religious feelings and fined 50,000 rubles ($830) in August.
According to case papers, Nochevnov, 32, has been affected by ideas expressing intolerance to Christianity “due to a lack of established principles for conduct and well-formed critical skills.” As a result, he opposed to universal social norms and values and became aggressive towards believers.”
Nochevnov pleaded not guilty and insisted that he was not intended to insult anybody.
Between October 20, 2014 and August 31, 2015, during several Christian holidays Nochevnov published on his social media page seven caricatures including Jesus Christ hanging from a pull-up bar and dancing in a stadium, or represented as a weightlifter in front of the Olympic rings, Popkov told RAPSI earlier.