A 21 year old Ukrainian student, Hanna Sinkova, has been found guilty of desecrating The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Dnieper Park, Kiev, Ukraine after using the eternal flame to fry eggs.
Last Thursday, a Ukrainian court handed down a three year prison sentence, suspended for two years, to a student who used the eternal flame at the Kiev memorial to fry eggs, reports Reuters. Sinkova claimed in court that she was protesting Ukrainian government policies.
According to The Province, Sinkova is a member of a radical youth movement known as The Brotherhood of St. Lucas. The student said her actions were intended to highlight the plight of Ukraine’s impoverished war veterans.
Sinkova was quoted by Yahoo News as saying, "Its symbolical meaning was that soon, very soon, veterans, old people, poor people will queue up in front of this flame to cook food there because they will have nowhere to live, nothing to cook on and nothing to eat."
The report also states that, according to official statistics, the average monthly pension in the Ukraine, a former Soviet republic was about $140.
After the court passed sentence, Sinkova said she would challenge the court ruling. State prosecutors had been seeking an actual as opposed to a suspended jail term and said they too would appeal the sentence.