Police summon artist who sold T-shirts to donate money to convicted Pussy Riot members
26.09.12 19:53 By Darya Zagvozdina, edited by Karina Ayvazova
In August 2012 Artyom Loskutov and his friend, Maria Kiseleva, prepared T-shirts depicting three Pussy Riot members as icons Photo: sib.fm
On Wednesday Novosibirsk city police detained independent artist Artyom Loskuto,v who was selling T-shirts supporting the punk band Pussy Riot.
"Two policemen wearing civilian clothes pretended to be customers and bought two T-shirts," police spokesman said. The police officers gave Loskutov a summons, as they said he was conducting "illegal trade actions." Loskutov, however, said that he was going to donate the money to the three convicted Pussy Riot members who were sentenced to two years in prison in August 2012 for performing a punk-prayer in Russia's main church.
"I get donations for these T-shirts. The same thing is done in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior where they sell golden icons," Loskutov explained.
Police officers wrote a protocol against Loskutov under the article of Russia's administrative code called "Illegal entrepreneurship."
"This article requires a fine from 500 to 2000 rubles. A court hearing is planned for October 23," Loskutov said.
In August 2012 Loskutov and his friend, Maria Kiseleva, prepared T-shirts depicting three Pussy Riot members as icons. The money that they received from selling the T-shirts was donated to Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Ekaterina Samutsevich, the convicted Pussy Riot members.
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