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All exhibition vandals either punished or charged

All three vandalism cases related to the controversial 'People of Maidan' exhibit have gone to court, the Rīga Central District Prosecutor told the press Wednesday.

All three cases took place late last year by the building of Cabinet of Ministers where the exhibit was placed.

The first attack on the exhibition took place October 5, and two people have been convicted in connection with it. They have received suspended prison sentences of two years, plus two years' probation. The charge is group vandalism. The settlement also included reimbursing the author of the exhibit €490 in damages.

Two more persons have been charged over group vandalism for the October 11 attack. The prosecutor sent the case to court on February 29.

While the third attack, carried out October 8, was ruled to be not of a criminal but rather administrative character. The person has been charged with disorderly conduct. 

After the series of vandalism acts the exhibit was refused permission to continue in central Rīga after the organizers failed to provide promised security.

It has since appeared in several regional towns without incident.

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