The state Duma Committee on culture, on Thursday, November 17, is expected to consider legislative initiatives on the issue of moral constraints in art and protection from vandalism against works of art. As reported by the newspaper “Kommersant” the Committee members need to discuss a few initiatives known Director Stanislav Govorukhin.

Govorukhin, who is also Chairman of the Committee on culture, proposed amendments to the Criminal code (CC) and the Code of administrative offences (Cao) on additional measures of responsibility for the desecration of cultural sites. According to the Director, it is necessary to expand the article 214 (vandalism) of the criminal code. “The desecration, damage or destruction of” works of art in the event of significant harm the member proposes to punish by a fine in the amount from 100 thousand to 1 million rubles, correctional labor for up to one year or deprivation of liberty up to two years.

CaO Govorukhin proposed to add a new article – “Public desecration of the works of literature, art or folk art”. For such an offence it is proposed to fine in the amount of 50-100 thousand RUB Alternative punishment is obligatory works for the term up to 120 hours, or arrest up to 15 days. When re-offense perpetrators proposed to punish by a fine from 100 thousand to 500 thousand rubles, compulsory works for up to 200 hours or arrest.

Separately it is proposed to introduce sanctions for those who obstruct public display of works of art. For a first offense initiative is a penalty to 100 thousand rubles, or arrest up to 15 days, while officials proposed to fine in the amount of twice as much.

The author of the project in the midst of a discussion about the permissibility of censorship in the culture offered to enter into article 31 of the law on culture clause stating that “the state guarantees everyone the freedom of creativity and the right to creative activity,” the newspaper writes.

As noted in the article, Govorukhin proposal to toughen penalties for vandalism was a response including the actions of the activists, forcing the closure of the controversial exhibitions. As you know, earlier, at the request of the organization “Officers of Russia” was closed by the exhibition of American photographer Jock Sturges in the Center of photography Lumiere brothers”.

A heated discussion about censorship took place in the society after the art Director of theatre “Satyricon” Konstantin Raikin, speaking at the Congress of the Union of theatrical figures of Russia in the rigid form has expressedabout censorship and the struggle of the state for morality, calling colleagues on a creative workshop to protect the exhibitions and performances from the “groups offended”.

Position Raikin was supported by the Director , Andrey Zvyagintsev, actor and Director Oleg Tabakov, the journalist Vladimir Pozner. Censorship spoke the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov and the leader of the biker club “Night wolves” Alexander Zaldostanov (Surgeon).

On 9 November the first Deputy head of the presidential administration Sergei Kiriyenko met with hydrocam the biggest theatres of Moscow and St. Petersburg. According to press reports, the meeting discussed the issues of censorship. Before the budget discussion in the state Duma with workers of culture on 14 November met Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin. They discussed strengthening the material-technical base of municipal houses of culture and help non-profit organizations that support the actors retired.

Govorukhin has suggested to put in prison for two years for the desecration of cultural sites 17.11.2016

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