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Organizers close Jock Sturges exibition

September 25, 16:23 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Earlier on Sunday, the Officers of Russia non-governmental organization has blocked entrance to the exhibition of the U.S. photographer Jock Sturges in Moscow in a protest against promoting his works
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MOSCOW, September 25. /TASS/. The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography chose to close the exhibition of the U.S. photographer Jock Sturges in Moscow, head of the Officers of Russia NGO Anton Tsvetkov said on Sunday.

"We have agreed with the Centre they agree with us and close the exhibition," he said.

The organization’s representative said he had viewed the exhibits, and "the photographs, which were a subject of discussions on the Internet yesterday - they are not presented. At the same time, out of the 35 works about 15% are not straightforward. They really contain images of nude children."

Earlier on Sunday, the Officers of Russia non-governmental organization has blocked entrance to the exhibition of the U.S. photographer Jock Sturges in Moscow in a protest against promoting his works, the organization’s head, and chair of the Public Chamber’s defense commission, Anton Tsvetkov said.

Social networks and the media wrote Sturges’ works picturing nude adolescents are pornographic. Russia’s high-ranking legislator Elena Mizulina said the exhibition should be closed at once. The children’s ombudsman Anna Kuznetsova initiated the prosecution’s inspection of the exhibition.

The exhibition began working on September 8. The exposition’s press release reads for many years the photographer had been friendly with families of his models - girls and young women from nudist societies and captures them in the surroundings that are organic to them. "Nudity means nothing to anybody here…People are naked…because they are naturists and spend their summers in a resort dedicated to the absence of shame," he says.

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