LHVnews_Cynical cartoons published by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo of the Russian plane crash in Egypt have sparked fury among Russians condemning its publication.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the cartoons published by Charlie Hebdo "blasphemy.”
"In our country, this would be called 'blasphemy.' It has nothing to do with democracy or with self-expression. It is just blasphemy,” Peskov said.
"My colleagues and I tried to find caricatures of the Charlie Hebdo journalists in the magazine, who were shot by terrorists. We were unable to find them. But if they were published, then it would also be blasphemy, well at least in our country,” he added.
The first cartoon shows parts of the aircraft and a passenger falling toward the ground, while an Islamic State militant, armed with a gun, ducks for cover to avoid the falling debris. Underneath the caricature is the caption: "Daesh: Russia’s aviation intensifies its bombardments.”
The second showed a skull and a burned-out plane on the ground, with the caption: "The dangers of low-cost Russia. I should have taken Air Cocaine.” The authors were referring to two French pilots who fled the Dominican Republic to escape arrest for allegedly trying to transport 680 kilograms of the drug.
Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, wrote on her Facebook page: "Is anyone still Charlie?” in a reference to the catchphrase "JeSuisCharlie” used by many people to express sympathy with the victims of a brutal terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo’s headquarters in Paris in January after it published satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
Charlie Hebdo has continued to court controversy since the attack on its headquarters. In August, it published a cartoon after the discovery of plane wreckage confirmed to belong to missing Malaysian Airline flight MH370.
The cover of the edition showed a pair of hands groping what appeared to be at first glance coconuts, but was actually a pair of breasts. Above the image is written what translates as: "We've found a bit of the pilot and the air hostess," as two onlookers celebrate in the background