Griveaux: who is Piotr Pavlenski, the Russian artist who posted the intimate video?

He claims that the sexual video which caused the renunciation, Friday, by Benjamin Griveaux to run for mayor of Paris. Questioned by Release, Piotr Pavlenski, a Russian artist who in particular set fire to the facade of a branch of the Banque de France in 2017, claims “to keep this video from a” source “who had a consented relationship with Benjamin Griveaux”. He said he wanted to “denounce the hypocrisy” of the former government spokesperson.

“He is someone who is constantly based on family values, who says that he wants to be the mayor of families and always cites his wife and children as an example. But it does just the opposite, “Pavlenski told Release. “I don’t mind people having the sexuality they want, they can even kiss animals, no problem, but they have to be honest,” he continued. “He wants to be the head of the city and he lies to the voters. I now live in France, I’m Parisian, it’s important to me, ”added the 35-year-old Russian.

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A site released an intimate video and connoted messages to a woman on Wednesday evening, claiming they were from the former government spokesperson. They were relayed little by little Thursday on social networks, pushing Benjamin Griveaux to withdraw from the race for mayor of Paris Friday morning. On this site, the text accompanying the video is signed “Piotr Pavlenski”.

Artist sentenced to three years in prison

Piotr Pavlenski was sentenced in January 2019 to three years in prison, including two years suspended, for torching the facade of a Banque de France branch in the capital in October 2017. He and his ex-partner Oksana Chaliguina, who obtained political asylum in France in May 2017, thus intended to denounce the presence of the Banque de France on the Place de la Bastille. According to them, it was an artistic performance entitled Lighting.

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Pavlensky made himself known by regularly defying the Russian authorities: he notably sprayed with petrol and burned the doors of the headquarters of the former KGB in Moscow. In 2012, he sewed his lips in support of the Pussy Riot, a group of young women sentenced in Russia to two years in camp for “desecrating” the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow during a “punk prayer Who openly criticized President Vladimir Putin. In June 2016, Pavlensky, who claims to be “political art”, had spent seven months in detention and was then fined for “damaging” Lubyanka, the historic seat of the Russian security services.