Viktor Krasnov being prosecuted under a controversial law after being accused of offending the sentiments of Orthodox believers

A man in southern Russia faces a potential incarcerate sentence after he was charged with insulting the impressions of religious disciples over an Internet exchange in which he wrote that there is no God.

Viktor Krasnov, 38, who appeared in tribunal Wednesday, is being prosecuted under a controversial 2013 law that was introduced after punk art group Pussy Riots was jailed for a performance in Moscows main cathedral, his lawyer Andrei Sabinin told AFP.

The charges which carry a maximum one-year incarcerate sentence centre on an Internet exchange that Krasnov was involved in in 2014 on a humorous local website in his hometown of Stavropol.

If I say that the collect of Jewish fairytales entitled the Bible is complete bullshit, that is that. At least for me, Krasnov wrote, adding afterwards there is no God!

One of the young people involved in the dispute with Krasnov then lodged a complaint against him accusing him of offending the sentiments of Orthodox believers.

Krasnov, whose instance began last month, spent one month in a psychiatric ward last year undergoing psychiatric inspections before he was finally deemed to be sane.

Krasnovs lawyer insisted to AFP that his client was simply an atheist and that he had taken aim at both Halloween and yiddish holidays in the same exchange.

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