August 10, 2005 by AK
Turns out, contrary to my expectations, that Vagrius did publish Orianna Fallaci’s The Rage and the Pride in Russian a few months ago. I can’t remember any public outrage at the book or its publisher, not even from the large native Muslim community. There are plenty of other books published in Russia that are more offensive in both manner and substance.
To be honest, I only inserted that preamble to quote a charming, if stale, piece of news. AP reported from Rome on July 6, 2005:
Italy’s lower house of parliament voted Wednesday to modify the penalties for certain crimes of opinion — allowing for fines of up to euro6,000 (US$7,147) or 18-month prison terms for people who propagandize or instigate hate crimes.
I have read somewhere that Orwell borrowed the term “thought crime” from the Council of Trent, which has to be wrong since the Council surely meant sin, not crime, but who cares now? Certain crimes of opinion… it must be a broad class. I thought it belonged in Iranian or Saudi law though.