Man Sentenced to Jail in Russia for Desecrating Quran

8:25 - February 28, 2024
News ID: 3487361
IQNA – A young man received a 3.5-year jail term in Russia for desecrating a copy of the Holy Quran.

Nikita Zhuravel


A court in Russia’s Republic of Chechnya sentenced the man, Nikita Zhuravel, 20, to three-and-a-half years in prison for burning a Quran, the independent media outlet Sotavision reported Tuesday.

He had been detained in May 2023 on suspicion of publicly burning the Muslim holy book in the southern region of Volgograd.

Local authorities granted a request by Chechen law enforcement to have Zhuravel stand trial in the North Caucasus region.

The Visaitovsky District Court in the Chechen capital of Grozny found Zhuravel guilty of offending religious believers and hooliganism on Tuesday.

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The judge sided with prosecutors and handed Zhuravel a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

The young man had pleaded guilty to the charges of offending religious believers but denied that he sought to disturb public order.


Source: Moscow Times