Russian artist nails genitals to the ground to protest ‘police state’

Performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky sits on the pavestones of Moscow's Red Square during a protest action in front of the Kremlin wall on Sunday. Pavlensky nailed himself to the cobblestones by his genitals as part of an art performance in protest against what he sees as the prevailing apathy in contemporary Russian society and the police state-like tactics of the government of President Vladimir Putin. The performance coincided with Police Day, a day when the Russian Interior Ministry honours its service members. One word: OUCH!

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Pavlensky: What part of my body should I nail to the ground to protest the laws in Russia? 

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A Russian performance artist nailed his genitals to the ground outside Moscow’s Red Square in protest over Russia’s “police state” as the country marked Police Day, Police Day, a day when the Interior Ministry honours its service members.

A video circulated online shows naked Pyotr Pavlensky sitting on Russia’s most famous square just outside the Kremlin on Sunday afternoon after nailing his scrotum to the square’s cobblestones. Police first took him to the hospital and then into custody.

Interfax news agency said that a court dismissed charges of “petty hooliganism” and released him Monday.

Pavlensky, who has long been known for his self-mutilating stunts, told Dozhd television he wanted to warn that “we are on the threshold of becoming a police state.”

Pyotr Pavlensky-Pussy RiotThe Red Square stunt was not Pavlensky’s first radical protest. In July 2012, he sewed his mouth shut in opposition to the jailing of members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot. (Handout/Reuters)

“The performance can be seen as a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference and fatalism of contemporary Russian society,” Pavlensky said in a statement posted online before the performance. “As the government turns the country into one big prison, stealing from the people and using the money to grow and enrich the police apparatus and other repressive structures, society is allowing this, and forgetting its numerical advantage, is bringing the triumph of the police state closer by its inaction.”

The Guardian newspaper reported that well-known Russian theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov praised the stunt as a “powerful gesture of absolute despair” on his Facebook page.

In the summer of 2012, Pavlensky sewed his mouth closed to protest the imprisonment of three members of Pussy Riot band.

4 thoughts on “Russian artist nails genitals to the ground to protest ‘police state’

    1. Susan, “what`s a woman to do” maybe you woman should laugh at this guy and make a fool out of him. That or ingnore this fool.

  1. Well … when the police grab him up off the ground, he will be separated from his manhood. Sadly there are alot of people who don’t think out the consequences of their actions.
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