A.Ter-Oganian. Open Letter to Curator of the Louvre Exhibition, Ms Marie-Laure Bernadac
I am writing with regard to the situation around my participation in the exhibition Russian Counterpoint.
As you probably know, the Russian Ministry of Culture banned some of my work from being shown.
This is not the first case of inadequate official assessment of the Russian art process. In 1999, I was charged with "inciting national and religious hatred" under the Section 282 (2) of The Criminal Code of Russian Federation, and faced two to four years in jail. Per my attorney recommendation, I had to leave the country before the hearing. I became an immigrant, and for over ten years live in the Czech Republic as political refugee.
In the year 2000 a similar case was brought to the artist and filmmaker Oleg Mavromatti, who was threatened to jail time under the same Section of the Criminal Code. He fled the country and currently lives in Bulgaria.
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