today considers the question of why artists from the Voina collective seem to have received harsher treatment than their protesting associates in St Petersburg last week – three of them receiving charges, and one of them – Oleg Vorotnikov – beaten by police. Vorotnikov was also beaten in a separate incident earlier last month, and his toddler son was involved on both occasions – evidence that the activities of the Voina art collective (such as its phallic drawbridge
) are of particular irritation to the authorities.
“I went to the police station and got him released; I then called an ambulance and sent him to the hospital,” says [his lawyer]. “He suffered injuries to his lower and upper limbs, his shoulder, and his head.”
According to a statement released by Voina, Sokol [Vorotnikov’s wife] and Nikolayev were initially detained at the opposition rally, while Vorotnikov was left standing with his and Sokol’s 18-month-old son, Kasper.
When Vorotnikov asked police to free the boy’s mother, they beat him on the spot, dragged him to a bus, and took him into custody, where they beat him some more. Kasper was taken away from him and admitted to a hospital as an “unidentified child.” Vorotnikov was only able to pick him up after he was released from detention.
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