Russian court finds 'Forbidden Art' organisers guilty

12th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Moscow court on Monday found two organisers of a 2007 exhibition of provocative art guilty of inciting hatred, news agencies said, after a trial fiercely criticised by rights activists.

Art expert Andrei Yerofeyev and former museum director Yury Samodurov "have committed actions aimed at inciting hatred", the ITAR-TASS news agency quoted the judge at the Tagansky district court as saying in the verdict.

The pair risk being jailed for up to three years when sentencing is pronounced.

The "Forbidden Art" exhibition at Moscow's Andrei Sakharov Museum included a print of Jesus with the head of Mickey Mouse and a spoof ad for Coca-Cola sloganed "This is my Blood", which visitors had to view through peepholes.

Last week 13 renowned Russian artists published an open letter to President Dmitry Medvedev asking him to end the trial, saying a guilty verdict would be a "sentence for the whole of Russian contemporary art".

© 2010 AFP

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