The group doesn’t cooperate on principle with any of Russian curators, nor gallerists, state or private institutions. More than 20 criminal cases have been brought against the group. In 2010-2011 Vorotnikov and Nikolayev were detained in jail for 3.5 months under accusation of inciting hatred towards the police by means of the art-actions. They were released from custody, as artist Banksy bailed them out. At the present moment Voina Group are wanted by the Russian police. Voina activists have experienced dozens of arrests, searches, as sault sand batteries committed by Russian cops. The latest arrest was made on October 18, 2011 when the group was filmed by the German TV journalists.
Photo of the 65-meters-high graffiti from the action "Dick captured by KGB!". The Voina art-group. 2010
E-mail of the Voina art-group: a(а)plutser:ru
Since July, 21 2011 Oleg Vorotnikov, the founding father of the Voina group, is wanted by Interpol. He was put on the international wanted list by the Russian corrupted cops. On September 21, 2011 the worldwide solidarity «Voina Wanted» action for the persecuted artist started in Vienna.
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