Moscow art exhibit called 'blasphemous,' museum officials fined: Religious minorities made uneasy by trial

A Moscow district court has convicted and fined the director and the curator of a Russian museum on charges of inciting religious hatred. The court ruled that a 2003 art exhibit, “Caution! Religion,” was insulting to the Russian Orthodox Church and “blasphemous,” according to U.S. news reports.

Director Yuri Samodurov and curator Lyudmila Vasilovskaya of the Sakharov Museum—named for Andrei Sakharov, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and Soviet dissident—were fined $3,600 each.

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