Voina Art Group Gives Prize Money to Human Rights Defenders

posted 14 Jul 2011, 14:21 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 14 Jul 2011, 14:30 ]
Source: HRO.org (info), 06/07/11 

· Human Rights Activists  · Protest Campaigns  · St Petersburg and Leningrad Region 

The performance art group Voina (English: War) has donated the 400,000 roubles it received in prize money for the Innovation Award to the Agora Human Rights Association,
Nezavisimaya gazeta reported on 5 July. According to Agora spokesperson Dmitry Kolbasin the human rights defenders plan to use this money to help support civic activists.


Dmitry Kolbasin told Nezavisimaya gazeta that Voina had spontaneously offered the money to them. Agora Human Rights Association has provided legal support to Voina since the Palace Revolution stunt that the art group organized in St. Petersburg in September 2010, following which activists Oleg Vorotnikov and Leonid Nikolaev spent several months in police custody. Agora consists of a team of several dozen lawyers. [Read more]