MOSCOW, September 10 (RAPSI) ─ The Tagansky District Court in Moscow has found guilty one of the roofers, accused of painting a star on a skyscraper in the center of Moscow with colors of Ukraine's flag, RAPSI reports from the courtroom on Thursday.
Only one of the roofers, Vladimir Podrezov, was found guilty and was sentenced to 2 years and 3 months in prison. The other four defendants were released.
On August 20, 2014, a Ukrainian flag was spotted on the spire of a skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya Embankment in the center of Moscow. The Soviet star on the spire was painted blue and yellow, the national colors of Ukraine.
The flag was taken down and the star was repainted.
According to investigators, Ukrainian roofer Pavel Ushevets (Grisha Mustang), who claimed responsibility for the action on his Facebook page, and Vladimir Podrezov painted the start, while four base jumpers parachuted from the roof to divert attention. Investigators claim the goal of the action was to “destabilize Moscow and incite hatred.”
Four young people – Alexander Shirokozhukh, Alexander Pogrebov, Yevgenia Korotkova and Anna Lepyoshkina – 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 the Ukrainian flag on its spire.
They face up to seven years in prison.
The fifth suspect, Vladimir Podrezov from St. Petersburg, was arrested a few days later. Unlike the other four suspects, the court decided to detain him until October 19.