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Russia political artist who faces jail for vandalism

A Russian political artist is facing up to three years in prison for a performance last year which aimed to recreate the sights and sounds of Ukraine's revolution.

Pyotr Pavlensky set fire to tires and banged metal drums in the centre of St Petersburg - in what he called an artistic attempt to wake fellow Russians from their apathy.

He has been charged with vandalism and the trial resumes next month.

But the case took a twist during questioning when the chief investigator began to be persuaded by the artist's point of view.

Video produced by Sarah Rainsford and Anton Chicherov

  • 26 Aug 2015
  • From the section Europe
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