국제앰네스티는 러시아에서 종교적 상징을 사용해 전시회를 주최한 이들에게 “혐오 및 적대감 선동” 혐의로 유죄가 선고된 것에 대해 비난했다.모스크바 법원은 12일 안드레이 예로피에프(Andrei Yerofeev) 전시회 기획자와 유리 사모두로프(Yuri Samodurov) 안드레이 사카로프 박물관 및 공공센터 전 관장에게 각각 15만 루블(미화 4,800불)과 20만 루블(미화 6,442불)의 벌금형을 선고됐다. 이들이 주최한 2006 포비든 아트 전시회는 안드레이 사카로프 박물관 및 공공센터에서 개최됐었다.
안드레이 예로피에프와 유리 사모두로프는 평결에 항소할 예정이다.
국제앰네스티 니콜라 덕워스(Nicola Duckworth) 유럽 및 중앙아시아 프로그램 국장은 “이번 평결에 의해 러시아의 표현의 자유가 큰 타격을 입었다”며 “진정한 법치국가에서는 볼 수 없는 수치스러운 평결이다”라고 말했다.
Russia art convictions a blow to freedom of expression
12 July 2010
Amnesty International has condemned the conviction of the organizers of a Russian art exhibition which used religious symbols on charges of “inciting hatred or enmity”.
A Moscow court on Monday sentenced Andrei Yerofeev, the exhibition curator, and Yuri Samodurov, then director of the Andrei Sakharov Museum and Public Centre, where the Forbidden Art 2006 exhibition was staged, to fines of 150,000 roubles (US$4,800) and 200,000 roubles (US$6,442) respectively.
Andrei Yerofeev and Yuri Samodurov are to appeal the verdicts.
“These shameful verdicts are yet another blow to freedom of expression in Russia. Such judgements have no place in a state supposedly ruled by law,” said Nicola Duckworth, Europe and Central Asia Programme Director.
The prosecution claimed that Yuri Samodurov and Andrei Yerofeev, had arranged the exhibits, some of which used religious symbolism, in such a way that they incited enmity and hatred and also denigrated the dignity of Christian groups, in particular Orthodox Christians. “None of the works incited enmity or hatred. Freedom of expression cannot be restricted or prohibited simply on the grounds that some people find the views expressed offensive or disagreeable,” Nicola Duckworth said.
“Yuri Samodurov and Andrei Yerofeev were convicted solely because they dared to show a number of censored art works that had been refused public display at other exhibitions.”
The exhibition featured pieces by some of Russia’s most well-known contemporary artists, such as Ilya Kabakov, Alexander Kosolapov, the group Blue Noses, Aleksandr Savko and Mikhail Roginskii.
The exhibits included works that included Mickey Mouse instead of Jesus Christ in paintings portraying scenes from the Bible.