Russia: Street artist sentenced to ‘forced labour’ for participating in a protest

7 May 2021
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22 April 2021: Russian street artist Timofey Radya was arrested and taken to the Leninsky District Court, where he was sentenced  to 39 hours of forced labour for participating in an unauthorised protest in support of Alexei Navalny in January 2021, reported Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Radya was briefly detained on 23 January 2021 under Article 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation, treating about “Violating the Established Procedure for Arranging or Conducting a Meeting, Rally, Demonstration, Procession or Picket”.

The artist’s trial was scheduled for 11 February 2021, but it was postponed three times due to the artist’s absence in court. Leninsky District Court sentenced him to 39 hours of forced labour.

In his statement published on Facebook, Radya said, “Fear is an absolutely healthy reaction, a signal, a reminder of danger. But fear should not limit freedom, because we already have almost no freedom left.”

Неделю назад нас с друзьями задержали, нарисовали 20.2 ч5. Досадное происшествие, в тот день приёмка совсем не входила в…

Posted by Tima Radya on Saturday, 30 January 2021


Timofey Radya is known for his artworks displayed on the streets of Yekaterinburg. One of his most recognised works is the inscription “Who are we, where are we from, where are we going”, installed in  Yekaterinburg.

According to Freemuse’s State of Artistic Freedom 2021 report, Russian authorities were responsible for 90 percent of all violations of artistic freedom documented by Freemuse in 2020.

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