Russian President Vladimir Putin Says No to Sharia-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
This is a forwarded email that alleged that the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, in a February 4, 2013 address to the Russian Parliament said that immigrant Muslims who desire Sharia and do not like the Russian legal system are welcome go to a country where that is the state law.
Some versions of this eRumor said that this was Putin’s shortest speech ever.
We checked the Russian archives of the speeches by President Vladimir Putin and found that he made no such address to the Russian Parliament on February 4, 2013.
This eRumor appears to be a spin off from an older one that came from the Land Down Under. This one said that an Australian Government official told Muslim immigrants are not welcome if they desire to change the Australian standard of law to Sharia.
That remark was true and made by Australian Finance Minister Peter Costello in a speech to the Sydney Institute on February 23, 2006. Since then several variations of this eRumor have sprung forth changing the person who made the remark to the elected Australian Prime Minster at the time of circulation.
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