Russian President Vladimir Putin has said insulting Prophet Muhammad does not count as freedom of expression.
Insults to the prophet are a “violation of religious freedom and the violation of the sacred feelings of people who profess Islam,”, Putin said on Thursday during his annual news conference, Russian News Agency TASS reported.
Putin also criticized posting photos of Nazis on websites such as the one titled the Immortal Regiment dedicated to Russians that died in World War Two.
While praising artistic freedom in general, Putin said it has its limits and it should not infringe on other freedoms.
Russia has evolved as a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional state, so Russians, he said, are used to respecting each other’s traditions.
Russian President Vladimir Putin held a major annual press conference, during which he spoke about the most pressing issues on the state’s internal and external agenda.