by Whatsblem the Pro
Alexander ‘Sasha’ Mironov, artist behind The Cradle of MIR, is in jail in Los Angeles and needs any photos you may have of him at Burning Man.
The 38-year-old from Moscow, Russia was arrested by the California Highway Patrol at 10:20 PM on October 15th, 2013 on undisclosed felony charges. He was booked at the LAPD Pacific Division station near Los Angeles International Airport, and is currently being held in the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic, California, which is part of the Pitchess Detention Center, aka ‘Wayside.’ Mironov has not been granted bail; as a foreign national he may be considered a flight risk, and U.S. Immigration has a hold pending on him.
Mironov’s friends on The Cradle of MIR project are calling for any photographs you may have of him, as they may help provide evidence of the artist’s innocence in the case.
Dim Borisov writes:
WE NEED PHOTOS. Your photos!
If you have a photo that was taken on Friday, August 30, the day of “Cradle of Mir” burn, that has Alex on it PLEASE send it to us as soon as you can! This will serve as evidence for where he was at that moment. We need the originals, with the date the file was created, so it is clear when the photo was taken. The photos should be dated August 30, 2013.
Please email your photo to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Help us, PLEASE, this is VERY IMPORTANT!!
I can’t speak about any details publicly, as any extra information could lead to complications while the case is ongoing. At time we’re just asking for photos, the rest will be disclosed and put to rest hopefully sooner than later.
We don’t know what Sasha Mironov is accused of, or how guilty or innocent he might be, but with evidence the truth will surely out. . . so if Mironov looks familiar to you, please check your photographs and videos from Burning Man.
This came from the Pershing County Sheriffs report off the Inside Northern Nevada newspaper “Alexander Mironov, 39, of Moscow, Russia, was booked on the charges of battery with attempt to commit sexual assault and abuse/neglect/endanger child with substantial bodily harm.”
Not to leave the comment as the last one on this issue.
Sasha was realeased from the jail on the first (!) court that took place in Nevada.
As me and our team see it, PD officers found it very easy to accuse a man based on his name; it turned out that the real attacker’s name was Sasha, and that was the only, again, the only, reason to keep our friend in prisons for about 3 months.
As for me, the officials wanted to close the case the easiest way, which finally failed.
Now you know the ending.
Thanks everybody for the support.
From Russia with love! xxx
All we really know at this point is that Sasha is still in jail in Los Angeles, still being denied bail, and still has an Immigration hold on him.
His next court date is 11/27/2013.
Did you ever find the cooberating evidence needed?
It would be helpful to know his approximate position and what was he wearing at the night of MIR’s burn. I have a few videos and some pics, but it’s hard to spot an unfamiliar person in the dark without having any details.
I would think the radio show would make his wherabouts a DONE DEAL. Is someone getting in touch with BMIR?
Bobzilla from BMIR here. Any idea what day he was on the air? I have the entire archive.
Not a hoax, in the sense that you can find an Alexander Mironov in the LA County Inmate Locator web site (http://app4.lasd.org/iic/) and the listing corroborates the details posted here. However, if you want to get more information on the case from the LAC court system you’ll have to pay a few dollars.
Around that date there was at least one TVcrew there, for instance a Dutch crew from the program “Waar is de mol”, maybe they have some images?
Can you legally hold someone for “undisclosed” charges and without bail???
Well obviously Sasha knows what the charges are. . . but since nobody is asking us to do anything that would allow him to weasel out of a legitimate charge, it’s none of our business what he’s charged with. The public record shows all kinds of data about when and where he was arrested, where he’s being held, when his next court date will be, etc. but does not state why he was arrested. . . and that’s normal.
As for holding someone without bail: yes, of course you can. Bail isn’t some kind of inalienable right; you have to qualify for it. Being from someplace far away is often enough to disqualify you, if the judge thinks you’re a flight risk.
hello out there, Guantanamo Bay anyone?. Yes and yes.
We loved the Cradle of MIR and so admired the virgin Russian artists that came so far to offer their sculpture to Burning Man. Hope this gets worked out. Hey…maybe a trade for the 30 activists from Greenpeace being held in Russian jail?
It seems to me if he built this huge piece he must have a ton of helpers and therefore a ton of witnesses that can cooberate his alibi.
I really hope this is not a hoax.
Wasn’t he on BMIR that morning? Would that documentation help? It was clear he was on playa–not phoning it in!
We were your camp neighbors in the “Retirement Community” next door. I will check my files.
damn! I have some earlier in the week, I hope this gets straightened out, prisons are a big business in the US instead of innocent until proven guilty it is now keep them locked up so we can prove we need more places to lock more citzens up, it is big business.