Russian Judge Extends Pyotr Pavlensky’s Prison Detention

Sophia Kishkovsky reports in the Art Newspaper that the Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky, previously arrested for setting the Russian FSB security service building on fire as a performance and whose nomationation for a major state prize for art was rejected, has had his stay of detention in prison lengthened until April 5, 2016. The artist is being charged with ideologically motivated vandalism, but has himself demanded that he be tried on charges of terrorism.

Pavlensky was reportedly flattered by the judge’s ascribing the motive of “ideological hatred” to him, since “I can’t imagine what other feelings one can have towards such an organization,” he said in reference to the FSB, which “began as a terrorist organization and continues to be a terrorist organization.”

Pavlensky was transferred this week from the Serbsky Center hospital, where he had undergone a month-long court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, back to the Butyrka prison in Moscow. Investigators have said the results of his psychiatric evaluation are not yet ready.