Dec 11, 2009

Religious Intolerance, No Longer Extremist

For the first time ever, the Russian Justice Ministry has removed an item from the country's list of banned extremist materials. But wait – this is actually a bad thing:

The formerly extremist material “accuses Russian Hare Krishnas of selling drugs and weapons and being prepared to kill.”
Back in July 2008, Nikolai Nagorny, a United Russia activist with the Young Guard, distributed the pamphlets at a far eastern festival of Indian culture. Very classy, Nikolai. We’re sure your leaflets were quite popular.

However, Russian researchers like Galina Kozhevnikova suspect the item has been removed from the Justice Ministry's list “because of United Russia’s involvement in the case.”
If it’s from the Young Guard, it has to be good.

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