Russian commentators say the bill appears to have strong backing from Mr Putin. It was passed by the Duma – Russia’s lower house – in a first reading on Tuesday.
To become law it has to pass two more readings in the Duma, then a vote in the upper house – the Federation Council – and get a final sign-off by Mr Putin. The entire parliament is dominated by Mr Putin’s supporters.
The text refers to offences against religions that are “an integral part of Russia’s historical inheritance” – implying that it covers Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism.
Yeah, because your god is so powerful he needs the protection provided by a fascist Government.