Monday, 12 July 2010

Russian artists convicted for inciting religious hatred

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To update on this morning's post, the Russian artists Andrei Yerofeyev and Yuri Samodurov have today been found guilty of inciting religious hatred and fined for setting up the "Forbidden Art" exhibition at Moscow's Sakharov Museum in 2007.

Russian philosopher Michail Ryklin wrote about the trial, which began last April, in New Humanist at the end of last year. Samodurov has a previous conviction for inciting religious hatred as a result of his involvement in the 2005 "Caution: Religion!" exhibition along with Ryklin's late wife, the artist Anna Alchuk. In an earlier piece for New Humanist, Ryklin recalled how the pressure of that trial and subsequent conviction led to her tragic suicide.