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Russia Places Voina Member on International Wanted List

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Earlier this week, it was announced that the controversial Russian art collective Voina would participate in this year’s edition of the influential Creative Time Summit in New York. But international travel is hard when you’re on the international wanted list.

An international warrant for the arrest of Oleg Vorotnikov, a Voina member, has been issued for charges related to a performance in which 31 activists overturned police cars. The event, dubbed “Palace Revolution,” was intended to protest Russia’s Ministry of Home Affairs. Vorotnikov was one of two Voina members arrested in November for their involvement in the performance. He and his associate, Leonid Nikolayev, were both released on bail in March.

Now, he’s wanted again after skipping bail. According to a ruling earlier this week, Vorotnikov forfeited his $10,000 bail. He is also suspected of attacking and insulting police during a March rally in St. Petersburg.

For more details on Voina’s crazy and sometimes outright illegal antics, see our previous coverage here, here, and here.

Oleg Vorotnikov of Voina. Image courtesy RIA Novosti.

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