MOSCOW, March 17 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky District Court has extended the house arrest of four young people charged with painting the star and hoisting a Ukrainian flag on a high-rise building in Moscow, the court’s press office told RAPSI on Tuesday.
Yevgeniya Korotkova, Anna Lepeshkina, Alexander Pogrebov and Alexei Shirokozhukh will remain under house arrest until May 20.
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.