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30 May 2016

posted 30 May 2016, 07:56 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 30 May 2016, 07:57 ]
Russian Artist Pavlensky Appeals Sentence That Resulted in No Jail Time

The lawyers of controversial performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky have appealed the sentence of a St. Petersburg court that saw him escape jail, the Interfax news agency reported Monday. A court convicted Pavlensky to 16 months in prison after finding him guilty of vandalism on May 19. The artist was excused from serving the sentence due to the expired statute of limitations, but his lawyers say they have gone forward with the appeal. “We demand for the guilty verdict to be voided, and an acquittal to be handed out,” the artist's lawyer Dmitry Dinze said. The activist was charged with vandalism after setting alight a pile of tires on a St. Petersburg bridge on Feb. 23, 2014. The action, titled “Freedom,” was in support of the Euromaidan revolution in Ukraine, Pavlensky said. Alongside the burning tires, the artist and his friends built an imitation barricade, beat drums and shouted Maidan slogans. [...]