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Voina celebrates new year with arson

9.01.12 16:37    By Nikita Zeya, edited by Karina Ayvazova


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Saint-Petersburg police have initiated a case over the arson of a police car which was torched on December 31, 2011.

There are no official suspects yet; however, earlier the scandal-famous art-group Voina took responsibility for the arson. Their announcement was published in the blog of Alexey Plutser-Sarno, the group's ideologist and main curator. In this letter, Voina activists congratulated political prisoners with the New Year and mentioned that they had set a police car on fire.

A Gazeta.ru source in security services said the Internet announcement will be added into the case.

An interview of one of Voina's leaders, Leonid Nikolaev, has also been added to the case. In the interview to one of the federal TV Channels Nikolaev said the police car arsons will not stop.

No official charges has been brought against Voina though.

"Nikolaev did not receive any notifications or summons. Everything is calm," the activists' lawyer, Dmitry Dinze, told Gazeta.ru.

There is no official infromation about the incident, the press-offices of the police department are unavailable. The only tiny piece of infromation came from the Saint-Petersburg main directorate of the interior ministry which said the car received insignificant damage.

Voina (transl. – "war") is a Russian street-art group known for their provocative and politically charged works of performance art.

One of their most famous works was displayed in June 2010, when the group painted a giant 65 m long phallus on Liteyny drawbridge leading to the Bolshoy Dom, headquarters of the Federal Security Service in Saint Petersburg.

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