According to Russia's English-language state broadcaster RT, the artist whose first name was Pavel but who was known by the moniker P183 had been a fighter for freedom of thought:
"Like poets who put their thoughts and reflections onto paper, I want mine to be heard," Pavel explained in an interview with RT last year. "With my work, I want to communicate certain ideas to people." ...
"Put simply, I want to teach people in this country to tell lies from the truth and to tell bad from good," the artist told RT. "This is what our people still cannot do."
"Expressing your opinion is a form of civil defense," the artist believed.