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The pain of life under tyranny
Sunday Nov 10th, 2013 11:22 AM
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   Bre Drobushevich

(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.
The action can be seen as a metaphor of the apathy, political indifference and fatalism of modern Russian society. Bureaucratic lawlessness deprives society of opportunities to act. The defeats and losses of the people are increasingly painful as they beaten to the Kremlin pavement, beaten into a lethargic army of zombies, patiently waiting for their fate
Now, when power turns the country into one big open area, looting the masses people to enrich the law enforcement agencies, society condones tyranny and the power of the many is surrendered to the few. The failure to rise up brings the triumph of a police state.


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§Previous protest, naked in barbed wire.
by Sunday Nov 10th, 2013 11:22 AM
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
§Video of the action
by Sunday Nov 10th, 2013 11:22 AM 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.
§breaking, styory in progress
by Sunday Nov 10th, 2013 12:16 PM
Dmitry Zykov of the dissident publication 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!