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Leonid Nikolayev of Voina group reported dead

A prominent member of the Russian dissident art collective Voina, famous for stunts like painting a giant phallus on a drawbridge facing the St. Petersburg headquarters of the Federal Security Service (FSB), has died at the age of 31, according to his former lawyer and fellow activists.

Oh my god, awful news.

Voina founder Oleg Vorotniko said in a September 24 blog post that Leonid Nikolayev, known by the nickname β€œF*****-Up Lyonya,” died following an accident while cutting timber outside Moscow.

β€œHe fell into a coma and died at the emergency room,” Voina founder Oleg Vorotnikov wrote, adding that the accident happened on September 22.