Sophia Kishkovsky

Russia boosts arts funding as sanctions start to bite

Vladimir Putin’s deputy chief of staff will put $12.1m towards helping cultural projects that have been targeted due to “their patriotism and loyalty to the country” since the invasion of Ukraine

St Petersburg artist faces prison after anti-war protest in grocery store

Sasha Skochilenko replaced price tags with news reports about bombings in the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol

Ukrainian cultural site where Tchaikovsky once composed music damaged by Russian forces

Town of Trostianets has pushed out the Russian army but has suffered widespread destruction

Finland seizes €42m of art en route back to Russia

The works had been on show in museums in Italy and Japan

Sophia Kishkovsky. with additional reporting by Riah Pryor

Russian artist stages protest performance against Bucha massacre

The unidentified artist is pictured in front of Moscow monuments laying face down, hands tied behind his back in a pose that has become synonymous with the atrocities

Isolated by Russia boycotts, Hermitage director calls for 'cultural bridges between the nations'

Mikhail Piotrovksy, who has been criticised for his silence on the war in Ukraine, says the museum will continue its international projects outside Europe

Hermitage branch in Amsterdam rebrands after cutting ties with Russia

The venue has reopened with an exhibition series focusing on Dutch masterpieces, starting with Vermeer’s Milkmaid

Ukrainian government sells NFTs combining art and tweets to fund army

The drop comes from the Meta History Museum of War, the official collection of Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Transformation

Sotheby’s and Ketterer Kunst among auction houses to ban some Russian buyers

The move comes as the art market steps up its due diligence

Riah Pryor. With additional reporting by Sophia Kishkovsky and Anna Brady

Korean exhibition organisers refuse to return Russian works early

A museum in Yekaterinburg sent 63 pieces to a show on the Russian avant-garde at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul—and now wants them back

Mariupol museum dedicated to 19th-century artist Arkhip Kuindzhi destroyed by airstrike, according to local media

Ukrainian port city has been under constant bombardment since the outbreak of the war with Russia in February

Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams call off Russian art auctions in response to war in Ukraine

The sales, popular with London-based Russians and regional collectors in Russia alike, had been scheduled for June

Museum building heavily damaged in Ukraine's battle-ravaged city of Chernihiv

Director has been posting emotional updates on Facebook as Russian forces shell area

Heirs of Christian Boltanski—whose Ukrainian-Jewish parents fled from Nazis—pull Russia show

"Christian would not have accepted exhibiting in a country that is militarily invading his father’s homeland," the late artist's estate said upon the indefinite postponement of his St Petersburg exhibition

Russian pro-war symbol 'Z' sprayed onto Pussy Riot member's door

Ubiquitous letter was first spotted on Russian tanks on the Ukrainian border

'No to war': As Putin's tanks roll in, Ukrainian museums scramble to protect collections and Russian culture figures show solidarity

Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial described the Russian invasion as "an act of barbarity that will be judged by history", while the Arsenal culture centre in Kyiv calls it a war “against all democratic states”

'Nothing is as therapeutic these days as writing a grant proposal': Ukraine's museums batten down the hatches as war looms

As tension with Russia escalates, institutions near the border are checking their security systems and considering their evacuation plans

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Russian guard who doodled on $1m painting speaks out: ‘I’m a fool, what have I done!’

The 63-year-old injured war veteran spoke to Russian news outlet E1, which describes the incident as a tragedy not a comedy

Pussy Riot's Masha Alekhina arrested for second time in two months over social media posts

She has been sentenced to 15 days in prison for “propaganda of Nazi symbolism” after posting an image featuring swastikas on Instagram

Russian oligarch to open private museum in Riga

Institution will house Petr Aven’s collection of Russian and Latvian fine and decorative art

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Within minutes, top Russian artists manage to raise funds for legal defence of feminist artist facing six-year prison term

Yulia Tsvetkova, a LGBTQ activist-artist, is facing pornography charges for posting body-positive drawings

Oh shit: Russian artist faces criminal charges for 'playful snow poop installation' in St Petersburg park

Ivan Volkov's work in Marsovo Pole is thought to be a comment on poor street maintenance in the Russian city

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'Foreign agent' scrawled on Russian gallerist's door in blood red

Marat Guelman was designated a "foreign agent" by the Russian government last month, a label that comes with hefty restrictions

Kazakhstan protestors entered leading museum looking for ancient armour

The Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the capital sustained some damage, according to a government statement

Kazakhstan protestors topple statue of former leader as unrest sweeps the country

A sharp fuel price hike triggered widespread demonstrations in the former Soviet republic with artists calling for a stop to the violence

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Russia's oldest human rights society Memorial ordered to close as dissent clampdown continues

International Memorial documented the crimes committed under Stalin's Great Terror and its sister organisation Memorial Human Rights Centre chronicled today's abuses

Pussy Riot members jailed over social media posts

Masha Alekhina and Lucy Shteyn, who have previously served prison terms, were sentenced to 15 days following charges of "propaganda of Nazi symbolism"