Russia Banned Art

December 6, 2012 - 5:33 AM
In this photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2012, artist Leonid Rabichev stands near the entrance to an exhibition at Moscow's Manezh hall on Wednesday, Russia. The 89-year-old Rabichev was one of the artists whose works were banned by Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev after an exhibition in the Manezh hall in December 1962. Fifty years later, some of the banned canvases are on display again at the same Manezh hall _ at a time when critics compare Khruschev's ban to recent charges against the Pussy Riot band and artists whose paintings have angered the Kremlin and Russia’s dominant Orthodox Church. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)