* Kremlin wary about attitudes of minorities
* Legislation was submitted after Pussy Riot trial
* Putin had urged caution on legislation
The Russian government asked parliament on Sunday to amend a bill that would set jail terms for “offending religious feeling” – a measure lawmakers proposed after last year’s Pussy Riot protest at a Moscow cathedral.
In a statement issued on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the government suggested existing legislation, if altered, might suffice to protect faith communities and seemed to question the need for the bill; critics have said it may harm Jews, Muslims and others outside the Russian Orthodox Church that President Vladimir Putin has been anxious not to alienate.
One of the lawmakers who sponsored the bill, which was backed by Putin’s party and allies, said the government’s advice would be heeded. Yaroslav Nilov said a phrase seen to favour the Russian Orthodox Church would be removed and the legislation would protect all religions operating legally in Russia.
Written By: Steve Guttermancontinue to source article at reuters.com