The chief editor of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo Gérard Bear responded to criticism of the Russian authorities in connection with the publication of caricatures of the plane crash A321 at Sinai.
Bear emphasized that the concept of “blasphemy “has no meaning for the atheistic publication, which is the Charlie Hebdo.
The latest issue of Charlie Hebdo in the category” covers, which could be “published two cartoons related to the collapse of the A321. One of them shows the wreckage of the plane and the bodies of the passengers falling on militants banned in Russia extremist group “Islamic State”. Caption: “The Russian air force bombing intensifies LIH”.
The second figure shows the skull, saying, “I wish I flew flight Air Cocaine”. Photo is accompanied by an explanation: “The dangers of Russian low-cost airlines”.
“I just do not understand. We – secular, democratic, atheistic newspaper. The concept of blasphemy does not matter to us irrelevant. We comment on the news, as well as all other publication “, – said the chief editor of Charlie Hebdo in an interview with the Russian service of Radio France Internationale (RFI), adding that” their statements the Kremlin is trying to divert public attention from other problems “.
Earlier Friday Journalists Charlie Hebdo convicted in the State Duma and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. A spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, supported Deputies and the Foreign Ministry, calling the inadmissible publication of two cartoons related to the disaster A321.
“The State Duma expresses the opinion of our legislature. And such a strong reaction of the State Duma testifies absolutely emotional and say so the essential rejection of such a thing. It really is unacceptable to us. I am not going to judge the morals of the French, but in our country it is a sacrilege, “- said Peskov.
The aircraft Airbus A321 of the Russian airline” Kogalymavia ” He crashed in the Sinai peninsula on October 31. Killing all 224 people aboard. It is the largest air disaster in the history of Soviet and Russian civil aviation.