Police open sixth case over Loskutov's ‘offensive’ Pussy Riot T-shirts

posted 10 Jun 2013, 00:52 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 10 Jun 2013, 00:53 ]
4 June 2013 

Source: HRO.org (info)
Yet another criminal investigation has been opened against the Novosibirsk artist and opposition-sympathiser Artem Loskutov in relation to alleged insulting of religious feelings through the distribution of T-shirts with the image of “icons” in support of the members of Pussy Riot.

Loskutov told Interfax that the case was opened under Article 5.26 of the Administrative Code (insulting religious feelings). “This is the sixth consecutive case of this kind. Out of the six, I paid fines for two and three were closed (one due to the lapse of time, and the other two due to a lack of evidence)” – said the artist.

After the closure of the cases, the physical evidence (T-shirts with the image of Pussy Riot “icons”) was returned to the artist. Photos of the material evidence were shortly afterwards published on the website kissmybabushka.com and on the electronic auction site Ebay.

As Rosbalt has reported, the Nobosibirsk Prosecutor's Office recently proved in court that each shirt associated with Pussy Riot offends the feelings of believers. The Russian Telecoms Oversight Agency (Roskomnadzor) has issued a number of warnings to electronic media for publication of images of these T-shirts.