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Russia’s media watchdog slaps site with warning over religious cartoon

Russia’s media watchdog has issued a warning to an online news site for publishing a religiously themed caricature that lampooned “one of the faiths,” despite an appeal to avoid such cartoons in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack.

In line with Russia’s law on extremism, the caricature published by the Respublika news site was seen “to incite various sorts of enmity,” a spokesman for the Roskomnadzor media watchdog, Vadim Ampelonsky, was quoted as saying by the TASS news agency.

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