Police or Inquisition?

Viktor Plesneev.

In the photo the head of the regional department of the Ministry of Interior of the Belgorod region Viktor Plesneev.

Taking advantage of the absence of any independent judiciary and institution to combat defamation in Russia, Russian «law enforcement» continues to loudly whip up anti-Islamic hysteria.

This time, the head of the regional Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) in the Belgorod region, Viktor Plesnev, showed his «wisdom». As reported by RuNews24, he expressed concern about the «Islamization of Belgorod residents» (!) based on an incident in which a local woman converted to Islam.

It turns out that a local student embraced Islam and went to visit her boyfriend in the North Caucasus. It is worth remembering that both actions are the unconditional rights of Russian citizens, as stated in the Constitution. Article 28 of the Russian Constitution reads: «Everyone shall be guaranteed freedom of conscience and freedom of religion, including the right to profess individually or together with others any religion or no religion, to freely choose, possess and disseminate religious and other beliefs, and to act in accordance with them.» Article 27 of the Constitution states: «Everyone residing lawfully on the territory of the Russian Federation shall have the right to move about freely and to choose his place of stay and residence.»

Interestingly, it was later discovered that the student who converted to Islam did not join any banned extremist or terrorist organization and did not break any laws. However, this did not stop the police chief from stating that while «religion is a personal matter for everyone, a sudden change of religion is a cause for concern.

On what basis he finds it worrying that Russian citizens are exercising their constitutional right to freedom of conscience, and why he decided to perform the functions of the Inquisition instead of the police, unfortunately remains unexplained by Plesnev.

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