Most Russians think Charlie Hebdo tragedy provoked by journalists themselves

A large part of Russian society thinks the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine was prompted by the journalists themselves. Many said they didn’t approve of the attackers’ actions, but understood them.

According to the latest research released by the VTSIOM public opinion center, 74 percent of Russians know about the shooting in the Paris headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo magazine on January 7.

The largest group of responders — 30 percent — said in their view the tragedy must be blamed on the “behavior of the French journalists who insulted Muslim religious values.”Twenty-five percent answered that the blame lies with the French government for allowing such insults in the first place. Another 11 percent said the French Government was responsible for the events because it had allowed too many Muslims into the country.

Only 8 percent of Russians think the problem lies in the behavior of the extremists, who answered the cartoons with extreme violence. Another five percent maintained the attack had been launched because all Muslim extremists despise freedom of speech and the secular state.

Six percent of responders think the main blame should be leveled at French special services, who failed to counter the militant Islamist group prior to the attack.

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