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In 2005, people in Denmark were hit with Jihadi terror for publishing a Mohammed cartoon, and Putin condemned the cartoons as an "inadmissible provocation"

In 2006, a Russian newspaper published a complimentary picture of Mohammed, and the Russian government opened a criminal investigation and permanently closed the newspaper. Putin stated, "One has to think a hundred times before publishing something, doing something or drawing something."

More recently, Putin attacked the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists by suggesting they had crossed a "thin line" and were engaged in "dangerous scandalous behaviour." According to Putin, the Islamic Jihadists were merely "activists."