A court in Russia’s second-largest city, St. Petersburg, has sent artist Aleksandra Skochilenko to pretrial detention for using price tags in a city store to distribute information about Moscow’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
The court ruled on April 13 that Skochilenko, who was charged with discrediting the Russian Army, must stay in pretrial detention until at least May 31.
She is accused of replacing price tags in a supermarket with fragments of paper containing “knowingly false information about the use of the Russian armed forces” on March 31.
Skochilenko told the courtroom that her actions were about propagating peace, while at the hearing, people wanted to persuade her that she did something wrong.
“But seeing that so many people came to support me, I feel that [what I did] was not wrong, it was important,” Skochilenko said. Continue