Art-group activist brings claim before Strasbourg Court
MOSCOW, August 31 - RAPSI. The European Court of Human Rights has registered a claim filed by Oleg Vorotnikov, an activist member of the Voyna (War) art group, Vorotnikovs attorney Dmitry Dinze said.
Vorotnikov and Leonid Nikolayev, members of the Voyna group, were arrested last November, at a rally organized by Voyna, called "Dvortsovy Perevorot" ("Revolution Palace"). During the rally, artists overturned a police car near Mikhailovsky Palace in St. Petersburg. The culprits were accused of hooliganism, which is punishable by up to five years in prison.
In January, the St. Petersburg Court extended the detention of the accused until February 24. In late February, another district court decided to grant each of the accused release on bail of 300,000 rubles.
Vorotnikov has based his claim upon the argument that the state violated his rights to freedom and personal immunity. The case has been assigned the following number: 48502/11.