Woman accused of placing Ukrainian flag on Moscow skyscraper to stay under house arrest
MOSCOW, January 12 (RAPSI) - The Moscow City Court on Monday upheld the house arrest of Yevgeniya Korotkova charged with painting the star and hoisting a Ukrainian flag on a high-rise building in Moscow, the court’s press office told RAPSI.
In late December, the court rejected an appeal filed by three young people also involved in the case.
Anna Lepeshkina, Alexander Pogrebov and Alexei Shirokozhukh asked to mitigate their house arrest for basic travel restrictions. Thus, all of them will remain under house arrest until January 20.
Earlier, the defendants said that they will file an application with the European Court of Human Rights, basing it on the case being political and the investigation protracted.
On August 20, a Ukrainian flag was spotted on the spire of the skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya Embankment in downtown Moscow. The Soviet star on the spire was painted blue and yellow, the national colors of Ukraine.
Four young people with special climbing equipment were detained in the aftermath of the incident, charged with hooliganism and placed on house arrest. The four suspects said they were jumping from the high-rise building with parachutes when someone else painted the star and hoisted a Ukrainian flag on its spire.
They face up to seven years in prison if convicted.
The fifth suspect, Vladimir Podrezov from St. Petersburg, was arrested a few days later. Unlike the other four suspects, the court ruled to detain him. His attorney Vadim Lisitsyn said that Podrezov is not guilty of the crime with which he was charged.
The sixth suspect in the star-painting case, Kirill Ishutin, was arrested on drug possession charges. He faces up to 10 years in prison.