The prosecutor’s office of Novosibirsk has officially opened up a criminal case against street artist and activist Artem Loskutov for blasphemy and hate speech offenses. Earlier, Artem illegally swapped out some street advertisements with his mock icons of Pussy Riot.

Pussy Riot is currently facing seven years in jail, charged with “offending religion” after crashing a Moscow cathedral during mass to play an anti-Putin protest song with the chorus of “Holy Shit Shit Shit!” Under Russia’s medieval anti-blasphemy laws, by coming to their defense, Artem is now an outlaw for his “canonization” of the art collective/punk band. Since one of his “icons” was near an Eastern-Orthodox Church, he may be in “violation of the law on freedom of conscience, freedom of religion and religious associations.”

Artem Loskutov has been in trouble before as a member of the provocatively named group Contemporary Art Terrorism (and later Babushka Posle Pokhoron–“Grandma After the Funeral”) organizing the annual flash-mob Novosibirsk street parties “Monstrations” wherein young people marched about with absurdist, apolitical DIY banners and placards. This time, he was nabbed for leaving his fingerprints on the Pussy Riot icons, on record since his 2010 weed possession arrest.

When asked how his fingerprints got on the unauthorized street art, Artem replied:

“It was a miracle of God.”