Russia: Artist convicted to 16 months in prison for vandalism

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A Moscow court found Russian dissident artist Pyotr Pavlensky guilty of vandalism, Dimitri Kozlov of the Associated Press reported on 19 May 2016.

The artist was convicted for setting fire to car tires on Saint Petersburg’s Tripartite Bridge during a pro-Ukraine performance, titled ‘Freedom’, in February 2014.

While the court sentenced Pavlensky to 16 months in prison, the artist will not have to serve the time because the statue of limitations on the crime has expired. However, he remains in custody for a second case in which he is being tried for burning the doors of a former KGB building in November 2015.


Photo above: Petr Pavlensky, courtesy of Wikipedia – Художник Петр Павленский



Sources

» Art Forum – 19 May 2016:
Russian Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Convicted of Vandalism in Moscow

» Art News – 19 May 2016:
Pyotr Pavlensky Convicted of Vandalism in Moscow for Pro-Ukraine Protest

» Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty – 19 May 2016:
Performance Artist Pavlensky Convicted In Moscow For Pro-Ukraine Protest

» Art Net – 18 May 2016:
Russian Dissident Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Assaulted by Guards


Related information

» Artsfreedom.org – 1 December 2015:
Russia: Political performance artist arrested



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