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    Russian Lawmaker Slams Charlie Hebdo's Caricature on Ukraine Peace Deal

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    Charlie Hebdo posted a caricature of Donetsk in ruins with the text: 'Boredom sets with the ceasefire in Donetsk.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The French satirical magazine Chalie Hebdo's latest caricature of the ceasefire deal in east Ukraine is deplorable, head of the Russian lower house of parliament's foreign affairs committee said via Twitter Sunday.

    "Charlie Hebdo posted a caricature [of] Donetsk in ruins [with the] text: 'Boredom sets with the ceasefire in Donetsk.' It is an abomination, not freedom of speech," Alexei Pushkov said.

    The cartoon, depicting a group of people with the caption "What if we organize something with cartoonists?" over a group of people standing amid a pile of rubble, has been reprinted by a number of publications.

    The ceasefire in east Ukraine came into force on February 15, three days after German, French, Russian and Ukrainian leaders hammered out a set of measures to end the conflict in the region.

    Three of its 13 points – ceasefire adherence, withdrawal of heavy weaponry and a prisoner swap – have been generally observed over the past two weeks across the region.

    On January 7, Islamist gunmen killed 12 people at Charlie Hebdo's headquarters in central Paris, including its editorial staff.

    In response to the attacks, media organizations reproduced the cover of the magazine's commemorative edition, depicting the Prophet Muhammad holding up a "Je suis Charlie" (I am Charlie) sign, a slogan of solidarity with the slain Charlie Hebdo staff.

    The attack was followed by mass rallies in support of the freedom of the press in many cities in France and worldwide. However, a number of countries have seen thousands of Muslims take to the streets, offended by Charlie Hebdo's cartoons.

    The satirical weekly has published its commemorative issue with the record print run of 3 million copies, followed by 2 million after it sold out in mid-January.

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