DUSHANBE, February 6, Asia-Plus - “Publication of cartoons misrepresenting and vilifying the Prophet Muhammad in a number of western newspapers is blasphemy,” Russian Ambassador to Tajikistan, Ramazan Abdulatipov, told journalists Friday [February 3] in Dushanbe following his meeting with representatives from the Dushanbe intelligentsia.  

According to him, billion of people on the Planet consider themselves Muslims and Muhammad is their Prophet, “and publication of such cartoons is blasphemy and ignorance.”  “Reaction displayed by Muslims to these acts was to be expected,” said Ambassador Abdulatipov, “Each act has boundaries of permitted, which should not be overstepped, especially if it concerns religion.”