MOSCOW, April 27 (RAPSI, Lyudmila Klenko) – The Moscow City Court ordered Lyudmila Yesipenko, an activist of ultra-conservative Orthodox group Bozhya Volya (God’s Will), who stands accused of vandalising an art exhibition to remain under house arrest, RAPSI correspondent reports.
The court permitted Yesipenko to leave her residence for three hours a day. “The court agrees that Yesipenko should have the right to visit the Church of the Ascension located near Serpukhovskaya underground station, but for no more than three hours a day,” according to court records.
Earlier, Moscow's Simonosky District Court ordered to place Yesipenko under house arrest until April 30.
The damage allegedly caused by Yesipenko amounts to 196,000 rubles ($3,000).
“I have already been fined for this act, the court ruling has already become final. It is unlawful to institute criminal proceedings against me as a suspect and a defendant, a person shall not be persecuted twice for the same wrongdoing,” the activist said.
Yesipenko had been officially charged with causing damage to cultural valuables. She pleaded not guilty.
The God’s Will leader Dmitry Tsorionov, aka Enteo, together with his followers attacked an art exhibition held at the Manege space in central Moscow on August 14, 2015.
Tsorionov accused organisers of the exhibition of violating the Russian law that protects the feelings of believers.