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A Russian Man Nailed His Testicles To The Pavement As A Protest

Warning: graphic images. Pytor Pavlensky carried out the stunt on the country's Police Day national holiday.

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Performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky was arrested after stripping naked and nailing his scrotum to pavement in Moscow's Red Square.


Pavlensky carried out the stunt outside Lenin’s Mausoleum on the day Russia marked its Police Day national holiday. He received medical treatment before being taken into custody over the incident, which he said was a protest against Russia's "police state".

A naked artist, looking at his balls nailed to the Kremlin pavement, is a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference, and fatalism of contemporary Russian society.