MOSCOW, December 13 (RAPSI, Oleg Sivozhelezov) – Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky, who was found guilty of setting fire to the Moscow headquarters of the Federal Security Service (FSB), filed an application with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), his lawyer Irina Khrunova told RAPSI on Tuesday.
Eccentric artist Pavlensky was arrested on November 9, 2015, along with several other people who claim to be journalists that were invited to the artist’s performance. The next day Pavlensky was detained under a court decision.
According to Khrunova rulings issued by the Meshchansky District Court of Moscow and the Moscow City Court regarding Pavlensky’s case were issued in violation of Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights (right to a fair trial). She added that Pavlensky’s right to freedom of expression was violated as well.
On June 8, the Meshchansky District Court of Moscow imposed a 500,000 ruble ($7,900) fine on performance Pavlensky and ruled in favor of this security agency, which sought 481,000 rubles ($7,700) in the framework of a civil lawsuit.
The court imposed on Pavlensky a fine of 1.5 million rubles ($24,000); however, taking into account his detention during pretrial investigation, this amount was reduced to 500,000 rubles ($7,900). The artist was set free in the courtroom.
Additionally, Pavlensky was sentenced to pay 480,000 rubles ($7,700) in compensation to FSB for the damaged door of its Moscow headquarter.
The artist told a crowd of journalists gathering to report about the proceedings, that he was “disinterested” in the results of the lawsuit.
Later the court’s ruling was appealed.
Initially Pavlensky was accused of vandalism but later investigators reclassified charges against him to ‘destruction of cultural heritage sites’.
Pavlensky is known for a number of controversial performances.
In July 2012, he sewed up his mouth and stood at the Kazan Cathedral with a poster in support of Pussy Riot.
In May 2013, Pavlensky lay down on the ground in front of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly naked with barbed wire around his body.
In November 2013, also naked, Pavlensky nailed his scrotum to the Red Square pavement near the Lenin Mausoleum.
In October 2014, he staged an eccentric stunt on the roof of the Serbsky Mental Institution in Moscow by cutting off one of his earlobes.
In February 2015, Pavlensky and his accomplices burned car tyres, waved Ukrainian flags and banged sheet metal with sticks in a show of solidarity with the anti-government protesters in Ukraine. The performance was held near the Church of the Savior on Blood in St. Petersburg.