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08.23.11 Marina Galperina

This work is “extremist!” The Russian courts have taken one more morally misguided step towards letting the zealots criminalize heresy by banning this Mickey Mouse as Jesus Christ mid-Sermon on the Mount art from exhibitions, newspapers, magazines and television, lest the ruling is appealed. Russia’s regressive criminal code’s Article 282 — outlawing “hate speech” in […]

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11.08.10 Marina Galperina

For a week starting yesterday, Russian art-activist Oleg Mavromati is spending four hours a day hooked up to a DIY electrocution machine, live streaming and allowing online viewers to vote “Innocent” or “Guilty” at 50 cents a pop. 100 votes and he gets the juice. […]

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07.14.10 Marina Galperina

A patriarch of the Russian Eastern Orthodox Church is trying to criminalize “modern heresy” and all its “offensive” byproducts (like art). Since the courtroom fracas and conviction of Moscow curators, extremist religious groups seem to be nostalgic for Czarist inquisitions. They’re proposing punishing heresy with 4-6 years in a prison colony and confiscation of property. […]

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07.12.10 Marina Galperina

A suicide bomber Marylin, a Mary icon made of caviar, crucified Lenin and a proselytizing Mickey Mouse: these works from a 2006 exhibit “Forbidden Art” almost landed Moscow curators Yury Samodurov and Andrei Yerofeyev in a prison colony for 3 years. […]

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06.22.10 Marina Galperina

A Russian ultra-nationalist group often cited for inciting racial hatred – against Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code – is trying to have the code overturned. And so, they filed the same complaint against Moscow artist Lena Hades for supposedly inciting hatred against Russians with her artwork (which she isn’t). A court ruling may […]

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