Russian artist stages a painfully bold protest
This Sunday, November 10 in Moscow, during what is known as National Police Day, performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky made a bold statement to draw attention to Russia's descent into a police state. At around 13:00 in Moscow's Red Square he nailed his testicles to the cobblestone with Saint Basil's in the background. See a video of the demonstration below.
This Red square display has been titled "Freeze" to highlight the apathy and overwhelming indifference of the Russian people to what is going on in their country under Putin's rule.
In May Pavlensky wrapped himself in barbed wire in similar protest showing how the slightest action by man results in harsh punishment from authorities. He also sewed his mouth shut this July in support of the members of Pussy Riot who remain in prison, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina.
Russia has garnered a lot of international criticism lately for it's brutal treatment of marginalized communities, especially with the upcoming Olympic Games only a few months away. The video of Pavlensky's demonstration is quite graphic. He was brought to a local hospital by ambulance before being delived to a police station.
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