Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Art in Moscow, Still Forbidden

New York Times
July 19, 2010

The decision by a Moscow court to fine the organizers of an art exhibition, “Forbidden Art — 2006,” is a reminder about the continued limits on freedom of expression in Russia.

True, the court could have gone further and actually jailed the two defendants. And the Russian Orthodox Church and the government at least argued against prison sentences. But the fact that this trial went on for two years and the two defendants were convicted of “inciting religious hatred” and fined — about $6,500 for one and $4,800 for the other — is chilling.