The position of the Ministry of justice at the ECHR in the case of reading the Bible in a caf̩ does not limit the constitutional rights of believers Рthe press-service Agency

Moscow. July 5. INTERFAX Рthe Ministry of justice of the Russian Federation said that his position in the Strasbourg court under the claim of the inhabitant of Sochi Alexey L. Kolesnikova, fined in 2014 after a collective reading of the Bible in a caf̩, based on the entered into force court decisions and does not infringe the constitutional rights of believers.

“The position of the Ministry of justice in this case based on the provisions of the aforementioned law and enforceable judicial rulings rendered against the applicant,” – said “Interfax” in the press service of the Ministry of justice.

“This position cannot be considered as the limit guaranteed by the Constitution of the Russian Federation freedom of conscience and religious rights of citizens”, – noted in the Ministry.

“The laying on of the Complainant “Kalasnikov against Russia” liability in an administrative fine was implemented by the national courts, not for the “collective reading of the Bible”, and for violation of the requirements of the Federal law “On assemblies, rallies, demonstrations, processions and picketing”, – reminded the Agency.

Previously, the newspaper “Vedomosti” reported with reference to the position of Commissioner of Russia to the European court of justice Mikhail Galperin, “Bible reading in a cafe should be agreed with the authorities, because of the need to ensure the safety of citizens, participating in the preaching, and visitors.”

A. Kolyasnikov was fined in 2014 for violating the rules of holding mass events after the Protocol for the collective reading the Bible in Sochi cafe without prior approval from authorities.

According to the newspaper, the ECHR asked the claim number of issues, in particular whether the penalty is a violation of the right to freedom of religion.