Protester nails testicles to Red Square cobblestone

November 10, 2013 3:21 pm
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 People walk in Red Square in Moscow, on March 2, 2012, with at Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin's mausoleum and St. Basil's Cathedral in the background/AFP
People walk in Red Square in Moscow, on March 2, 2012, with at Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin’s mausoleum and St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background/AFP

, Moscow November 10- A Russian performance artist was hospitalised Sunday after stripping naked and nailing his testicles to a Red Square cobblestone in protest against the Kremlin’s crackdown on political rights.

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 Grani.ru website that he was trying to draw attention to Russian society’s inaction in the face of the development of a “police state”.

Russia marked its annual Police Day holiday on Sunday.

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

He has previously sewn 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.

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