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Moscow Curators Say their Trial is Political

By: Khristina Narizhnaya, Associated Press Writer
MOSCOW (AP).- Two prominent Moscow art curators facing the prospect of three years in prison for an exhibit that offended the Russian Orthodox Church said on Thursday their trial has been a political show. The 2007 exhibit “Forbidden Art” set up by Yuri Samodurov and Andrei Yerofeyev featured paintings with images of Jesus Christ. In one, Christ appeared to his disciples as Mickey Mouse. In another one, of the crucifixion, Christ’s head was replaced by the Order of Lenin medal, the highest Soviet award. Samodurov told reporters Thursday the trial reflected the desire of the Russian Orthodox Church and the government to tighten control over society. He said the church was coercing people into orthodoxy. “Unfortunately it is supported by the government,” he added. Yerofeyev said the trial was political and “has nothing to do with democratic justice.” He said that a driving force behind their trial was the religious ultra-nationali