Russia: Court places suspected 'Ivan the Terrible' attacker in custody

SOT, Igor Podporin, defendant (Russian): “Because he [Ivan the Terrible] was canonised as a saint.” Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky district court ruled on Tuesday that Igor Podporin, the 37-year-old man accused of damaging a famous Ilya Repin painting ‘Ivan the Terrible and His Son’, will be held in pre-trial custody until July 26. Appearing in court, Podporin stated that he didn’t drink before the... Еще incident, claiming he was pressured to say so in a video which appeared online. Asked to explain why he attacked the painting, the accused said, “because he [Ivan the Terrible] was canonised as a saint.” If convicted, the 37-year-old from Voronezh faces up to six years in prison. The painting has been vandalised once before, in 1913, when painter Abram Balashov managed to cut it with a knife in three places.

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