On the night of May 16, 2022 unidentified individuals threw
yellow-and-blue paint onto the Yevpatoria City Administration building. News media also reported that a Molotov cocktail had been tossed into the Mayor’s office. On the same day the law enforcement announced
that they had detained a suspect, while a state-owned channel published
a video of “the vandal expressing remorse”. The “vandal” turned out to be the 27-year-old photographer and 3D modeling artist Bogdan Ziza.
According to the Mayor’s office
, Bogdan threw the paint onto the City Administration building and tried to set fire to the entrance door. In contrast, the Federal Security Service claims
that the artist tossed a Molotov cocktail through the window, but it didn’t explode. First, the artist was fined and promised to be released, but then incendiary mixtures were allegedly found
at his place. A few days later a criminal case was launched
against Bogdan for “destruction of property” (article 167, part 1 of the RF Criminal Code).
Right after he was detained Bogdan was sent
to the Yevpatoria detention center and then transported to Simferopol. Later Mr. Ziza was put on
the terrorists and extremists list. The artist’s family is concerned that in the future he might face
criminal charges for terrorism.