This is the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, not one of Mr Putin’s jails. It’s a transit facility.
The convicted fraudster and former opera philanthropist is being held while a judge hears his appeal against having his bail revoked, suddenly and without good reason. The original trial judge Richard Sullivan, still on his case, decided he was a flight threat even though Vilar and his former partner Tanaka have shown no inclination to leave a warm apartment and an occasional seat at the Metropolitan Opera.
The judicial system, say Vilar’s friends, sucks. The lawyer’s petition seeks Sullivan’s removal from future hearings.