Five Anti-War Price Tags, Seven Years in Russian Prison
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Sasha Skochilenko stands behind bars in the court room at the Vasileostrovsky district court in St. Petersburg, Russia, November 16, 2023.
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On Thursday, a Russian court sentenced artist Aleksandra Skochilenko to seven years in prison for replacing supermarket price tags with information about Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. When the judge announced the outrageous verdict, the packed courtroom erupted with chants of “For shame!” in support for Skochilenko, who smiled and made a hand heart back at them.
Authorities charged Skochilenko with spreading “fake” information about the war. The “fake” information? That decades of Putin’s televised lies conditioned some Russians to justify the war, about Russia’s …read more
Source:: Human Rights Watch