By Alexander ShakhnevIn Moscow (Reuters) – A magazine that published an image of a woman’s face with a star for “feminist” that was deemed offensive by Russia’s top security watchdog has said it will stop publishing the image.
Women’s Day, a Moscow-based weekly, said it would not be publishing the offending image, which appeared on the cover of the magazine’s first issue on Monday, according to the newspaper.
Women do not face the same penalties as men for insulting religious beliefs, but there is a ban on making derogatory remarks about women, the website www.womensdaymagazine.ru said.
“This is the first time in our history that we have been confronted with a cover photo that is not only offensive but also discriminatory, according our regulations,” a spokeswoman for the watchdog said.
Russian law stipulates that people should not be seen wearing clothes or articles that violate religious beliefs and that “defamation of religion” should be considered a crime.
A spokesman for the Moscow-appointed Investigative Committee, Aleksandr Tsyvkin, said on Twitter the issue of a cover is a matter of the prosecutor general’s office.
He did not give a reason for the decision.
“We can’t allow this kind of behavior,” Tsykhanov told reporters.