After a dramatic court hearing, the pair were convicted for dangerous destruction of property on Thursday. Alongside prison time, they must pay nearly $25,000 in damages to the Bank of France.
Activists are calling the French prosecution’s request for 10 years “disproportionate repression” against the Russian artist for arson, but Pavlensky now faces a possible defamation lawsuit from the Bank of France.
Petr Pavlensky fled Russia in 2017, but late last year he was arrested after setting fire to France’s central bank. The subsequent legal proceedings have been cloaked in secrecy.