Man Nails Scrotum to the Red Square in Moscow

Police approach artist Pyotr Pavlensky Scrotum

“Performance artist” Pyotr Pavlensky protested the state of Russian society by stripping down in Moscow’s Red Square on Sunday and nailing his scrotum to the cobblestones.

The painful act of protest was Pavlensky’s response to Russia’s descent into a “police state” and was timed to coincide with Police Day – a special day celebrated by law enforcement.

In a statement Pavlensky declared:

“The performance can be seen as a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference and fatalism of contemporary Russian society. 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.”

Whatever he was protesting, he definitely nailed it.

Pavlensky was taken to the hospital an hour after nailing his scrotum to the pavement but declined to be admitted – so he was then taken to the police station. The performance artist / masochist could have faced a 15-day jail sentence for the stunt (as well as a lifelong scrotum piercing) but he was freed on the next day.

But Pavlensky is no stranger to self-harm. He previously sewed his lips together to protest the jailing of two members of Pussy Riot and wrapped his naked body in a barbed wire “cocoon” in protest of the government’s “oppressive legal system.” Yikes. Does this guy have huge balls… or is he just completely nuts?

Via: BBC News

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