MOSCOW, July 25 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – The Moscow City Court has upheld the ruling of a lower court to extend the detention of Lyudmila Yesipenko, an activist of ultra-conservative Orthodox group Bozhya Volya (God’s Will), who stands charged with vandalizing an art exhibition, lawyer Oksana Mikhalkina told RAPSI on Monday.
Earlier Yesipenko pleaded not guilty to charges brought against her.
Yesipenko has described her trial as unfair because she was subjected to administrative liability for damaging property of another in September under a court decision. According to the Russian Constitution, double jeopardy is prohibited, she said.
Yesipenko has been officially charged with causing damage to cultural valuables, a crime punishable by imprisonment for up to three years under the respective article of Russia’ s Criminal Code.
The damage allegedly caused by Yesipenko to the Moscow Government, which is the aggrieved party in the case, amounts to 196,000 rubles ($3,000).
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 organizers of the exhibition of violating the Russian law that protects the feelings of believers.