Saint Petersburg: An artist and an anarchist have been discharged
Dzerzhinsky district court of Petersburg has freed from charge artist
Petr Pavlenskyi and anarchist Yaroslav Gradil. They were charged with
disorderly conduct for their "Freedom" performance at Malyi
Konyushennyi bridge. The message has came from Interfax with the link to
activists lawyer Dinar Idrisov. Both have been freed from custody.
According to Administrative Offences Code article 20.1, they were faced
up to 15 days of arrest.
At the same time, Idrisov added, another incident report has been filed,
accusing Pavlinskyi according to AOC article 20.2 (violation of public
event realization rules). Maria Alexandrova, who was released on Sunday,
has noticed, that other detained were charged according to the same AOC
article. Court hearing has not been scheduled yet.
The day before, Fontanka.Ru reported, that court hearing related to
disorderly conduct charges against Alexandrova, has been rescheduled to
"Freedom" performance, organized in support of Euromaidan in Ukraine,
happened at 8 AM on February 23. Five people participated in action.
They unfolded two flags — black, and Ukraine state flag at the Malyi
Konyushennyi bridge, in front of Spas-na-Krovi church, laid out tyres,
set them to fire, and began beating metallic sheets with the sticks.
"Burning tyres, Ukrainian flags, rumble of iron beats"—it is the song of
liberation and revolution, stated action manifesto "Maidan is
irreversibly spreading and penetrating the heart of the Empire. Struggle
against imperialistic chauvinism continues." Activists have noticed:
"Today, when the state calls to celebrate the Defender of the Fatherland
Day, we call everyone to join the Maidan festival, to defend their
freedom." "Bridges are burning, there is no way back", they concluded.
The performance had lasted for 15-20 minutes. Then, firefighters arrived
and doused the tyres. Straight after them, police arrived. Three of five
activists were detained.
On Sunday, it was reported that Pavlenskyi and his fellows apartments
has been searched. Soon, however, activists lawyer Igor Mangilev,
disproved this information. "House-checks were impossible, because no
criminal case was opened", — Mangilev said.
Later, Alexandrova, who has a child of tender years, was freed before
the court hearing, and Pavlenskyi and Gradil stayed in police-station
for a night. On Monday, the detained were brought to the court, but then
they were returned back to the police station #78, as their case has