Russian Art Curators Convicted for Blasphemy, Fined

For more on the case, see this post from a few days ago. The conviction was for “committing acts aimed at inciting national hatred and strife,” but, as I argue in that post, this provision has essentially been interpreted as a ban on use of religious images that sufficiently offends believers, which is why I treat this as a blasphemy prosecution. For the details on the sentence — fines of several thousand dollars — see this BBC item; for a Kafkaesque twist, see this Moscow News story.

Thanks to Prof. Howard Friedman (Religion Clause) for the pointer.