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04.08.11 Marina Galperina

Hours ago, Voina’s anti-authoritarian drawbridge graff-bomb Dick Captured by the FSB was awarded the Innovation-2010 prize for best visual work of art. The crowd then began chanting “Dick! Dick! Dick!” Voina’s rep writes that they won’t keep the 400,000 ruble prize ($14,180) but will “forward it to political prisoners in Russia.” […]

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04.04.11 Marina Galperina

Since the arrest of Voina artist Kozlenok at a monthly “illegal,” […]

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04.01.11 Marina Galperina

Yesterday’s Strategy-31 protest march, Russia’s monthly “unsanctioned” public assembly in support of Russians’ Constitutional right to public assembly ended in arrests – a record 150 in Moscow! – and police beatings. […]

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03.18.11 Marina Galperina

Earlier, Voina artists were nominated for Russia’s prestigious, state-run Innovation Art Prize for the anti-authoritarian dick-bombing of a St Petersburg bridge. They condemned it as “schizophrenic.” Voina was demonstratively dropped from the list on noms. Yesterday, the prize jury unanimously declared that they reject any “changes to the shortlist of nominees,” so Cock Captured by […]

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03.07.11 Marina Galperina

Despite being attacked last week, art-actvists of Voina – Leonid (right), Oleg (left), Natalia (center with Kasper) – talked to ANIMAL about jail, Banksy and recruiting. Consider their answers as part of their performance. Welcome to contemporary Samizdat: Dissent isn’t written in secret newsletters – it’s graffiti-bombed on a bridge. […]

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03.04.11 Marina Galperina

Voina artists – Leonid Nikolayev, Oleg Vorotnikov, his wife Natalia Sokol and their two-year old son Kasper – were leaving a news conference yesterday, when a thuggish crew followed them. Voina snapped their photo and the thugs attacked, shouting that they were from the “criminal investigation department.” […]

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03.01.11 Marina Galperina

ANIMAL just got word from Voina’s Yana Sarna that the art group Voina, as we know it, had nothing to do with this video of females getting forcefully amorous with metro-riding policewomen, despite the Russian media reporting it as the Voina action Trash Smooching. […]

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02.28.11 Marina Galperina

Artists Oleg and Leonid of Voina are free after the Russian court finally accepted Banksy’s bail money (more useful than some Oscar). Now, the controversy has shifted to their nomination for the State Innovation Art Prize. They have just been cut from the list of nominees and other Russian artists are already threatening a boycott. […]

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02.25.11 Marina Galperina

Artists Oleg Vorotnikov and Leonid Nikolaev of Voina were finally released on bail until a future court date where they will be tried for their “crimes.” In an interview with Radio Freedom, Oleg says that Voina actions will continue, that he isn’t afraid of jail and that many of his fellow inmates are now inspired […]

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02.22.11 Marina Galperina

First Oleg and now Leonid of Voina will be released on $10,300 bail, a judge ruled today, citing unreasonable delay of court proceedings. The prosecutor declared that Leonid will resume his “dangerous” “criminal activities” when free, while the defense stated that someone fighting for rights “can’t be characterized as a criminal or a vandal.” […]

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