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posted 16 Feb 2012, 12:52 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 Feb 2012, 13:20 ]
Source: (info), 14/02/12 

· Artistic freedom  · Moscow city & Moscow region 

On 14 February a painting by the artist Aleksandr Savko
Sermon on the Mount’ [link added by translator - ed.] from a cycle  of works entitled ‘Mickey Mouse’s Travels Through Art History’ has been definitively ruled to be extremist in Russia. Those who republish this painting could risk facing criminal charges for extremism (Articles 280, 282 of the Russian Criminal Code). The judgment of the Kaluga region court entered into force from the moment of its pronouncement, said Damir Gainutdinov, a lawyer with Agora representing the artist. 

On 14 February the court announced the reasoning behind its decision to dismiss the appeal by Aleksandr Savko against the ruling of Zhukovsky district court in the town of Tarusa, Open Information Agency reports. While the decision of the court of first instance had found Savko’s work of art to be extremist, the regional court added a new element: ‘The work of art on the website is extremist material.’ In this way the ruling emphasises that the work of art was disseminated via the Internet. The rest of the ruling by the court of first instance was left without any changes. Savko’s appeal was dismissed. [Read more]