International Humanist and Ethical Union uppmärksammar detta och organisationens president Andrew Copson säger:
To go running to the police just because you think ‘someone is wrong on the internet’ is pathetic enough on an individual level. But for police to heed the accusation, and for a new law to be ready to crush non-religious criticism of social dogmas, can only be a sign of outright totalitarianism at a national level.
This is part of a deeply worrying trend in which state officials and social conservatives use the rhetoric of ‘traditional values’, pandering to the Russian Orthodox Church, marginalizing or explicitly demonizing minorities, including sexual minorities, religious and non-religious minorities, as well as proponents of secularism, and political critics.
That Viktor Krasnov was not only charged but faced detention on supposed suspicion of psychiatric illness is especially damning, evocative as it is of the execrable Soviet era abuse of psychiatry, apparently alive and well in Russia today as a tool of intimidation and oppression.