The Russian authorities were quick to answer. A spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Moscow views the cartoon as “blasphemy, and it has nothing to do with democracy. Some MPs of the State Duma said that this prank may even worsen relations between the two countries. However, Russia will not demand an explanation from the French authorities about the incident.
The small cartoon appears on the magazine’s back page and shows plane parts and a passenger falling from the sky onto a bearded, armed man in what appears to be an Islamic robe.
The commentary reads, "Islamic State: Russian aviation intensifies its bombardments."
The following cartoon shows a skull wearing sunglasses on the background of the crashed airliner and commentary: "Dangers of Russian low-cost airlines, I should have taken Air Cocaine”. The authors refer to the incident with the French aircraft, on board of which a half-ton of cocaine was found.