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Russian artist strips naked and nails his testicles to a cobblestone in Red Square

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

Police surround the artist who carried out the protest close to Lenin's mausoleum in Red Square yesterday
Police surround the artist who carried out the protest close to Lenin's mausoleum in Red Square yesterday
Image: Screengrab via News Daily/YouTube

A RUSSIAN PERFORMANCE artist was hospitalised yesterday after stripping naked and nailing his testicles to a Red Square cobblestone in protest against the Kremlin’s crackdown on political rights.

A video (warning viewer discretion advised) 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 passers-by 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 yesterday.

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.

– © AFP, 2013

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