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Russian performance artist nails himself to Red Square cobblestone by his TESTICLES in protest at Kremlin's crackdown on rights

A Russian performance artist stripped naked and nailed his testicles to a Red Square cobblestone

in protest against the Kremlin's crackdown on political rights. Eye-watering footage shows artist Pyotr Pavlensky sitting naked outside Lenin's Mausoleum in Moscow, Russia, before police covered him with a blanket.

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 development into 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 dramatic 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.

by Anonymousreply 311/12/2013

What the hell is that going to do? He should focus on getting across a better message to the government.

by Anonymousreply 111/10/2013

Clearly, some people are more attached to causes than others.

by Anonymousreply 211/12/2013

"Clearly, some people are more attached to causes than others."

And some are more attached to Red Square than others.

by Anonymousreply 311/12/2013
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