Yuri Samodurov prosecuted for hosting controversial art exhibition
The Russian authorities should stop the criminal prosecution of Yuri Samodurov for hosting a controversial art exhibition, Human Rights Watch said today.
Samodurov is director of the Andrei Sakharov Museum and Human Rights Center, the venue of “Forbidden Art-2006,” an exhibit that opened in March 2007 and showed provocative artwork that had been banned from several art galleries in Russia.
Following an investigation opened in June, Samodurov was charged yesterday with “inciting religious hatred” for providing a venue for the show. According to the prosecutor’s office, the exhibited works contain images that are denigrating and offensive to practitioners of Christianity.