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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Court Leaves Egg-Thrower In Jail for Another Month

Dmitry Bakhur has been in jail since March 10 for throwing an egg at film director Nikita Mikhalkov, and on Friday a court decided he must stay there for at least another month.

The Presnensky district court postponed Friday's hearings until June 25 because of the judge's overloaded work schedule.

Bakhur, 22, has already paid a high price for the egg that soiled the pants of Mikhalkov's $2,700 suit, spending nearly four months in the horrendous Butyrky pretrial detention center.

He and his fellow egg-thrower, Yegor Gorshkov, 27, are charged with "malicious hooliganism" and each faces up to five years behind bars if convicted.

Gorshkov, a Muscovite who has a small child, was released in April, but Bakhur is a Ukrainian citizen with a small-time criminal record and has no Moscow residence permit.

"Egg-throwing cannot be considered malicious hooliganism," said Sergei Belyak, the pair's lawyer. "Mikhalkov is an actor and should know that if today he is rewarded with flowers, tomorrow he may be treated to rotten tomatoes."

If there was violence, the lawyer said, it came on Mikhalkov's part. Witnesses said the director kicked Bakhur in the head while his arms were held back by guards.

The confrontation was videotaped, but Mikhalkov's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena demanded the tape be removed from the case on the grounds that it came from an unknown source. Investigator Igor Lebedev's report says that a "man resembling Nikita Sergeyevich Mikhalkov" kicks Bakhur on the tape.

"Mikhalkov is caught up in an idiotic situation," Belyak said. "It's impermissible to kick someone, even if he is a hooligan, and it is just as impermissible to lie, which our noble man did. Now one can cross him out as a future president. I wouldn't be surprised if he eventually finds himself in jail."