Jail for radical Russian artist who set Bank of France on fire

A court jailed an exiled Russian artist Thursday for setting fire to the facade of a French central bank building, a performance that was filmed and circulated on social media. Pyotr Pavlensky, 34, received a one-year jail term and two years suspended for the stunt, but should walk free, having already served 11 months in custody. His former partner, Oksana Shalygina, received a two-year sentence, 16 months of which were suspended. But Pavlensky was also ordered to pay 21,678 euros ($25,000) in damages to the Banque de France. "Never!" he said in Russian. Pavlensky fled to France and was given asylum in 2017 after several provocative protests drew the ire of Russian authorities, not least one in which he nailed his scrotum to Moscow's Red Square. In France, Pavlensky kept up his work. In October 2017 he and Oksana Shalygina torched the

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