Nov 22, 2014 3:58 PM
Russian tourist arrested for vandalizing Colosseum
The Associated Press
ROME (AP) Italian authorities say a Russian tourist has been fined 20,000 euros ($25,000) for engraving a big letter 'K' on a wall of the Colosseum, the latest act of vandalism by tourists at the ancient structure.
The news agency ANSA reported that the 42-year-old tourist was given a summary judgment Saturday of a fine and a suspended four-year jail sentence. He was spotted by a guard as he used a pointed stone to carve the 25-centimeter- (10-inch-) tall letter.
Union leaders, citing recent acts of vandalism, have complained about the lack of personnel to properly monitor Rome's archaeological treasures with increasing numbers of visitors seeking to leave their trace on antiquity, causing incalculable damage.
It was the fifth incidence of vandalism by foreign tourists at the Colosseum this year.