Soldiers detained on charges of offending religious believers!
In the video uploaded to YouTube the two young men can be seen laughing as they wash their dirty shoes at a chapel next to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Russian city Kaliningrad.
Russia first criminalized insulting the feelings of religious believers in 2013 following a show by the anti-Kremlin group Pussy Riot, during which the feminist protest band performed a “punk prayer” at a central Moscow cathedral that called on the Virgin Mary to banish President Vladimir Putin.
In 2016, the law made further headlines after YouTube blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky was arrested for playing the game Pokemon GO in a church in Ekaterinburg. Just last month, the country’s Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against an 18-year-old for lighting a cigarette with a church candle and filming it for TikTok.
One of the shoe washers has since apologized, saying he did not know that it was “such serious water.”
Because of the apology, the Kaliningrad diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, says it doesn’t want the shoe washers jailed. They also want other participants to publicly “repent”.
As always refrain from quoting Scripture and/or proselytizing.