GENERICO.ruRussiaThe case of vandalism against street art artist Philippenzo was opened because of the graffiti "Russified"; after the search...

The case of vandalism against street art artist Philippenzo was opened because of the graffiti “Russified”; after the search he was released

The case of vandalism motivated by political hatred (Part 2 of Article 214 of the Criminal Code) against the Volgograd artist Philippenzo (Philip Kozlov) was initiated because of the graffiti “Izrossilovanie”, reports the BBC Russian Service.

< p>On August 31, Kozlov's house and his studio were searched. The Dozhd TV channel, citing his relatives, wrote that after the investigative actions, the artist was not detained, but the security forces summoned him for questioning on September 4.

The work “Razrossilovanie”, which became the reason for criminal prosecution, appeared in Moscow on June 12 – the artist timed it to the Day of Russia. “What this country is doing today cannot be called in any other way,” Kozlov wrote then in his Telegram channel. Later, the graffiti images in the post were replaced with photos of a hedgehog, and the text itself was removed, but the original version of the publication is still available in the comments to the post.

On July 29, Philippenzo flew to Russia from Georgia, after which he was detained at the capital's Domodedovo airport – police officers claimed that he refused to provide them with a passport. Later, the court arrested Kozlov for 15 days, finding him guilty of disobedience to the police (Article 19.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses). On August 11, the Lyubertsy City Court of the Moscow Region again appointed the artist 15 days of arrest under the same article. On August 26, the young man was released after two administrative arrests in a row.

In the spring of 2022, Kozlov was brought to administrative responsibility because of the “Zinc is Ours” graffiti depicting coffins, which he timed to coincide with Victory Day. The artist was fined three times under the article on “discrediting” the army (Article 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses) – the total amount of fines was 125 thousand rubles.


Screenshot from the comment section of the June 12 post in Philippenzo telegram channel


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