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Russia hits out at Charlie Hebdo over crash cartoon

Latest Update: November 7, 2015 | 339 Views
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MOSCOW: Russia on Friday angrily condemned France’s Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine for publishing political cartoons on the Egypt plane crash in which 224 people died, most of them Russian tourists.

In our country we can sum this up in a single word: sacrilege,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

“This has nothing to do with democracy or self-expression. It is sacrilege”.

The Kremlin spokesman called the cartoons “unacceptable” but said Russia would not make an official complaint.

One cartoon shows debris and human remains raining down on an armed IS militant, with the caption: “IS: Russian aviation is intensifying bombardments,” a reference to its air strikes in Syria.

Another shows a skull with a pair of sunglasses hanging off it with the crashed plane in the background.

AFP