Thwarted Theft Of Banksy Art In Ukraine May Cost Alleged Ringleader Dearly

The alleged ringleader of a thwarted try and steal a mural that the nameless British avenue artist Banksy painted on a bombed-out constructing in Ukraine will withstand 12 years behind bars if convicted.

Ukraine’s inside ministry revealed the potential hefty jail sentence on its web site Monday, reported Reuters.

Police charged a gaggle of individuals in December with attempting to take away the art work depicting a girl in a gasoline masks from a wall in Hostomel, close to Kyiv.

The wall pictured earlier than and after the thwarted theft.

“The criminals tried to transport this graffiti with the help of wooden boards and polyethylene,” stated the ministry, per Reuters. “Thanks to the concern of citizens, the police and other security forces managed to arrest the criminals.”

The mural was considered one of seven that Banksy painted in Ukraine final 12 months in solidarity with its residents amid Russia’s invasion, which started in February 2022.

The gasoline masks piece stays beneath police safety.

In December, Banksy introduced the discharge of a limited-edition print to lift cash for the Legacy of Conflict Basis, which is supporting residents in Ukraine affected by the battle.

The group supplied the artist, whose id has by no means been formally confirmed, with an ambulance to make use of throughout his journey to the nation. It additionally allowed him to flee an “angry babushka” who busted him portray on her constructing, he revealed on its web site final month.

Greater than 1 million requests had been made to register for the possibility to purchase one of many 50 prints, stated the charity, which stated it additionally obtained “3,500 hostile attacks from Russian IP addresses.”

Art by Banksy has prior to now bought for tens of millions of {dollars}.

The artist has beforehand inspired individuals to go away avenue artwork in situ, although, a tricky lesson that one man realized when he confirmed off a purported Banksy art work on the “Antiques Roadshow” tv program.

Final 12 months, eight males had been sentenced for stealing his tribute to the victims of the 2015 terrorist assaults in Paris that he painted on a door of the Bataclan theater.

See all of Banksy’s Ukraine artwork right here:

Banksy in Ukraine