18 March 2016, 12:24
Orthodox activist accused of damaging sculptures in Moscow's Manezh put under house arrest
Moscow, March 18, Interfax - The Moscow Simonovsky Court has placed Lyudmila Yesipenko, an Orthodox activist accused of damaging sculptures by Vadim Sidur in Moscow's Manezh in summer 2015, under house arrest until April 16.
The court has thus granted the investigator's request, an Interfax correspondent has reported.
While supporting the request in court, the investigator said Yesipenko had hidden from preliminary investigation bodies.
The investigator asked the court to restrict Yesipenko's access to communications, including the internet.
Yesipenko, for her part, categorically objected to the investigator's request.
She also said she needs to go to church every day.
The Orthodox activist also said she has already borne punishment for the crime she is accused of committing by paying an administrative fine.
According to earlier reports, Orthodox activists led by Dmitry Tsorionov (Enteo) broke into the Sculptures We Don't See exhibit in Moscow's Manezh on August 14, 2015. They said the exhibits displayed there insulted Christians' feelings and destroyed some of them. Among the exhibits displayed were works by prominent Soviet sculptor and painter Vadim Sidur.