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Russian Curators Convicted Today of Inciting Religious Hatred, but Not Imprisoned
Yuri Samodurov, left, and Andrei Yerofeyev, Russian curators, who staged a 2007 exhibition entitled "Forbidden Art" that angered the powerful Russian Orthodox Church, listen to the court verdict on their case, Moscow, Monday, July 12, 2010. Both curators were convicted Monday of inciting religious hatred and fined, but escaped prison sentences. The two could have been sentenced to up to three years in prison, but were ordered only to pay fines of up to 200,000 rubles ($6,500). AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel.
MOSCOW (AP).- Two Russian curators who angered the Russian Orthodox Church with an exhibition that included images of Jesus Christ portrayed as Mickey Mouse and Vladimir Lenin were convicted Monday of inciting religious hatred and fined, but escaped prison sentences.

The case of Yuri Samodurov and Andrei Yerofeyev has been closely watched by human rights activists. The decision by a Moscow court could sidestep the possibility of an international outcry over imprisoning the two respected art-world figures, but is unlikely to stem concerns about the growing influence of the church and the specter of Soviet-style censorship returning.

The curators were convicted for their 2007 exhibit entitled "Forbidden Art" at the Sakharov Museum, a human rights center named after celebrated dissident physicist and Nobel peace prize laureate Andrei Sakharov.

The two could have been sentenced to up to three years in prison, but were ordered only to pay fines of up to 200,000 rubles ($6,500).

Artists and activists had appealed to the Kremlin to put a stop to the prosecution. Even Russia's culture minister said the two men did nothing to break the law against inciting religious hatred.

But the prosecutors refused to back down.

Samodurov, who was the museum's director from its founding in 1996 until he stepped down in 2008, had already once been convicted of inciting religious hatred and fined the equivalent of $3,600 for an exhibit in 2003 called "Caution: Religion!"

Yerofeyev, is a former head of contemporary art at the State Tretyakov Gallery, one of Russia's most renowned museums.

The 2007 exhibit was closed a few days after it opened after a group of altar boys defaced many of the contemporary paintings, which used religious allusions to express attitudes toward religion, culture and the state.

Religious ultra-nationalist groups won the support of the Russian Orthodox Church in pushing prosecutors to bring charges in 2008 and then kept up their pressure on the two curators throughout the trial.


Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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