Russian artist faces jail for setting fire to Federal Security Service building

Source : 112 Ukraine

On Tuesday the court will decide the preventive measures for scandalous actionist
19:23, 9 November 2015

Dmitry Tsyrenshikov/

Russian artist and activist Petr Pavlensky who set on fire the front door of the Russian Federal Security Service building in Moscow, was sent to the detention center, the police on Tuesday will ask the court to impose for him a pre-trial restraint, the defense lawyer Olga Chavdar told, RIA Novosti reported.

"Pavlensky sent to the detention center, the police will come tomorrow to the court for the election of preventive measures for him," the lawyer said.

Regarding Pavlensky, a case of vandalism was prosecuted. Upon this article, the artist faces up to three years of imprisonment.

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Recalling that tonight, November 9, Petr Pavlensky came to the central office of the Federal Security Service with a canister of gasoline; in just a few seconds, he poured wooden front door with gasoline and set it to fire. After 30 seconds, Pavlensky and the journalists that recorded the performance were detained by the security of the building. All of them were taken to one of the capital police station. 

"Burning door of Lubyanka is a glove that society throws in the face of the terrorist threat. Federal Security Service operates by continuous terror and holds power over 146 million people," the artist explained.

Reportedly, RIA Novosti told that the Chairman of the Security Commission of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation Anton Tsvetkov sent on Monday an address referring to the Interior Minister and the Minister of Health of Russia with a proposal to isolate from society Pavlensky calling him amateur of "extreme epatage". 

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