Petr Pavlensky put in punishment cell in Butyrka remand prison

posted 31 Mar 2016, 10:51 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 31 Mar 2016, 10:57 ]
28 March 2016

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Performance artist Petr Pavlensky has been put in a punishment cell in Butyrka prison in Moscow for 10 days. As the New Chronicle of Current Events reports, Oksana Shalygina, Pavlensky’s girlfriend, told of the latest developments on her Facebook page. 

According to Shaygina, Pavlensky was moved to a punishment cell ‘for refusing to develop in himself the mindless habit of abiding by the absurd rules thought up for the purposes of humiliating detainees.' '

The prison officer patrolling the corridor threatened Petr in all kinds of ways, threatening that he would come to a bad end in the punishment cell, and that he would be put in a cell with specially selected prisoners [the so-called 'press-hut' - ed] to put pressure on him after the punishment cell,’ Olga Shalygina writes. ‘And in other ways making the conditions of his life in prison worse.’

Petr Pavlensky was moved from the Serbsky psychiatric hospital to the Bytyrka remand centre on 23 February. On 26 February Tagansky district court extended Pavlensky's pre-trial detention up to and including 5 April. The term of the investigation was extended until 6 April.