Rus­sian artist on trial for set­ting fire in bank

Pretoria News Weekend - - WORLD - (ANA) African News Agency

PARIS: A provoca­tive Rus­sian per­for­mance artist is on trial for set­ting fire to an of­fice of France’s cen­tral bank.

Py­otr Pavlen­sky de­fied court pro­ce­dures as the trial opened in Paris on Thurs­day, prompt­ing a row with the trans­la­tor, who left.

Pavlen­sky is ac­cused of van­dal­is­ing state her­itage over the fire which caused mi­nor dam­age to the bank façade last year. He said it was aimed at de­nounc­ing the “tyranny” of bankers. He could face up to 10 years in prison and fines.

Pavlen­sky, who had sought po­lit­i­cal asy­lum in France be­fore the bank fire, spent 11 months in pre­trial de­ten­tion.

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