Russian Artist Guilty of Setting Fire to French Bank, Released on Time Served

January 15th, 2019

A French court has found the Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky guilty of setting fire to the facade of a state bank building in 2017, carrying a three-year sentence with two years suspended, that saw him released for time served. “The Bank de France at the site of the Bastille is a precedent of monstrous mockery of the political history of France,” Pavlensky says. “From this it follows that either the court should restore justice and rule to remove the Bank of France in place of the Bastille, drop all charges against me and recognize political art as permitted on the territory of France.”

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