Court acquits Yeltsin Center security guard who eyed Malevich’s student painting
EKATERINBURG, 18 November – RIA Novosti. Yekaterinburg Verkh-Isetsky District Court has completely acquitted the Yeltsin Center security guard Alexander Vasiliev, who had eyed the figures in Anna Leporskaya’s painting, RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the courtroom.
“The accusation cannot be based on assumptions, it must be admitted that Vasilyev has the right to rehabilitation. “The court of appeal overturned the decision of the first-instance court because there was no corpus delicti,” said the head of the court, Nikolai Morozov.
He explained that the vandalism that Vasiliev was accused of was deliberate harm, and in this sense, the guilt of the former security guard could not be proven, nor was it proven that he acted with hooligan motives.
In addition, the court annulled the mandatory treatment measure and 180 hours of forced labor and a written commitment not to leave Vasilyev.
The lawyer for former security guard Alexei Bushmakov said he hoped his client would be acquitted. Neither Vasiliev himself nor the defender came to the last meeting on appeal. After the verdict was announced, the prosecutor’s office refused to meet with journalists.
The incident at the Yeltsin Center occurred in December last year when the exhibition “The Non-Objective World. The Birth of a New Art” from the State Tretyakov Gallery collection was held here. The painting “Three Figures” by the student of Kazimir Malevich Anna Leporskaya suffered – Vasiliev drew eyes with a ballpoint pen on the faces depicted on the canvas. He fully admitted his guilt.
In mid-February, it was learned that the painting had been successfully restored in 2010. Tretyakov Gallery. At the end of August, the magistrate appointed Vasilyev forced labor and treatment by a psychiatrist.
Ekaterinburg art historian Galina Sharko spoke at one of the appeal hearings. She stated that the artistic value of the painting “Three Figures” has not changed after the painted eyes and restoration. According to him, the canvas remained intact, although it was a “great interference with the author’s intent.”
Damage from damage to the table is estimated at 250 thousand rubles. Fully reimbursed by AlfaStrakhovanie PJSC. The canvas itself was insured for 75 million.
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