John M. Becker

Russian Man Nails Scrotum To Red Square in Protest

Filed By John M. Becker | November 11, 2013 1:15 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Kremlin, ouch, painful, protests, Pyotr Pavlensky, Russia, scrotum

red_square_wiki.jpgIn a wince-inducing protest against Russia's crackdown on political rights, performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky stripped naked, sat down in Moscow's Red Square, and nailed his scrotum to the ground between the cobblestones.

Agence France-Presse reports:

A video of the graphic action, available on Russian websites, showed artist Pyotr Pavlensky sitting naked outside Lenin's Mausoleum being covered with a blanket by police officers while horrified passersby looked on.

The state-run RIA Novosti news agency said Pavlensky was taken to a police station after being treated in a central Moscow clinic.

The Saint Petersburg-based artist said in a statement posted on the website that he was trying to draw attention to Russian society's inaction in the face of the development of a "police state"...

It is not the first time the 29-year-old has resorted to eye-watering methods of protest.

He has previously sown his lips together to demonstrate against the jailing of two female members of the Pussy Riot punk band who staged an anti-Kremlin performance inside Moscow's main cathedral in 2011.

He was also arrested after wrapping his naked body in barbed wire outside a Saint Petersburg government building in May.

A brief video from the UK's Daily Mail of Pavlensky's demonstration (with the relevant portion blurred out) is after the jump.

The uncensored version is available here from the Huffington Post (NSFW).

Image of Red Square via Wikipedia. Photographer: Christophe Meneboeuf.

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