A Russian painter who changed labels in a supermarket for pacifist slogans is sentenced to 7 years in prison

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The Russian painter and activist Alexandra Skochilenko was sentenced this Thursday to seven years in prison for replacing price tags in a supermarket with pacifist slogans.

A St. Petersburg court convicted Skochilenko of “spread false information” on the actions of the Russian Army in Ukraine.

“My criminal case is so strange and laughable that sometimes it seems to me that when I enter the courtroom I suddenly confetti will fall on me and everyone will shout that it was a joke,” said the accused when taking the last word, according to the Mediazona portal.

The Prosecutor’s Office asked for Skochilenko, recognized as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International (AI), eight years in prison for replacing the price labels in a store in March 2022. St. Petersburg supermarket.

During the last year and a half, the painter, 33 years old, was in preventive detention and, as she stated, even those who support the war They have told him that he did not deserve to go to jail.

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