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In Kaluga, court fines 84-year-old artist for anti-war graffito

Photo from Vladimir Ovchinnikov's Facebook* page

On April 8, Borovsky District Court fined Vladimir Ovchinnikov for 35 thousand rubles for a graffito depicting a girl with bombs. After the special operation started in Ukraine, the artist painted about a dozen anti-war drawings on the buildings of the city of Borovsk. Lawyer Alexei Fedyarov reported this on Facebook*.

The court has found 84-year-old artist Vladimir Ovchinnikov from Borovsk guilty of discrediting Russian troops because of an anti-war graffito depicting a girl and bombs (Part 1 of Article 20.3.3 Administrative Code of the Russian Federation). He was fined for 35 thousand rubles. According to lawyer Andrei Kritsky, the picture's message is given: "the author is categorically against civilian casualties, which are inevitable during hostilities."

 
 
 
Photo from Vladimir Ovchinnikov's Facebook* pagePhoto from Vladimir Ovchinnikov's Facebook* page
Photo from Vladimir Ovchinnikov's Facebook* pagePhoto from Vladimir Ovchinnikov's Facebook* page
Photo from Vladimir Ovchinnikov's Facebook* pagePhoto from Vladimir Ovchinnikov's Facebook* page

After the special operation started in Ukraine, the artist created about a dozen pacifist graffiti in Borovsk.


Vladimir Ovchinnikov is a famous artist, local history expert, social activist, creator of wall paintings in the city of Borovsk, Kaluga Oblast. In 2015, he created a gallery of city residents who were repressed during the Stalin era, but the authorities painted it over 45 days later. The artist created a second gallery the following year. It existed only for a day.

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