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Right-Wing Christian Activists Attack Works in Moscow Exhibition

Activist members of God’s Will, a radical Christian group, vandalized artworks on display in “Sculptures We Don’t See,” an exhibition at the Manezh building next to the Red Square in Moscow, this past Friday, according to The Guardian’s Ivan Nechepurenko and Michele Berdy.

The protesters yelled during the attack that the pieces on view were “offensive to people of faith and violated legislation.” A linoleum engraving depicting Christ naked, created by Vadim Sidur, was ripped off its plinth and stomped on by the right-wing activists. In the end, four works by Sidur and one by Megasoma Mars were left smashed and destroyed.

Dmitry “Enteo” Tsorionov, who leads the group, is known for organizing attacks on cultural events. He said it was the art gallery that had broken laws, saying “Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary are being mocked. This is punishable under the criminal code.” In 2013, Vladimir Putin signed legislation that made “offending religious feelings” a criminal act.