Criminal Case Continues Against Siberian Artist
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The leader of a political art group who was arrested in May is still facing criminal charges that his lawyer will try to get dropped in a court hearing next week.

The leader of a political art group who was arrested in May is still facing criminal charges that his lawyer will try to get dropped in a court hearing next week.

University student Artem Loskutov, 22, was jailed on charges of marijuana possession, belonging to a "criminal group," and "extremism" for his role as the leader of CAT (Contemporary Art Terrorism). The group's aim is to promote political art by criticizing the political, business, and religious establishment. Loskutov was released from jail in June but is forbidden to leave Novosibirsk until the criminal investigation ends. The day after his release, a group of St. Petersburg artists said they were ceasing a 14-day hunger strike in support of him. In addition, Loskutov's supporters have used Web sites to unite artists and Russian youth in his defense.

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