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The pain of life under tyranny
Petr Pavlensky, opposition artist seen above, has nailed his testicle to the coblestones of Red Square, protesting repression on Russia's "Day of Police".
In a previous action, he made a similar statement by wrapping his naked body in barbed wire, linked to the photo below.
from Вре Дробушевиш
(MOSCOW) On November 10, an official holiday for police and FSB Officials, an art action took place in Red Square, the Kremlin looming in the background. In this action, named "Freeze" a naked man sitting on the Red Square nailed his testicles to the Kremlin's pavement.
In previous protests, Petr has sewn his mouth shut and wrapped his naked body in barbed wired, mocking the enforcement of silence by the Putin regime. More photos here http://www.mr7.ru/articles/82932/
grani.ru posted the video, already banned by youtube, on their own site. It's unlikely to stay up for long. This is a great act of defiance, given their continuing legal battles with Putin.
Dmitry Zykov of the dissident publication grani.nu was asked by police to stop the video, which you see at the end of this post, and then Pavlensky was taken to a hospital - he refused hospitalization, then was arrested and booked in to jail. That's all we've heard so far.
He was interviewed last year, when he sewed his mouth shut in protest of the Pussy Riot arrests:
bring the ruckus!