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article imageRussian shock artist nails genitals to Red Square

By Layne Weiss     Nov 11, 2013 in World
Moscow - A Russian artist stripped naked Sunday and nailed his genitals to the ground of Moscow's Red Square in protest of the Kremlin's "crackdown on political rights."
Pyotr Pavlesnky was treated at a Moscow clinic and then taken to the police station.
He described his actions as a "metaphor for apathy, political indifference and fatalism of modern Russian society," RT reports.
It's not a bureaucratic mess that deprives society of its ability to act, but fixation on our own defeats and losses that nails us to the Kremlin's pavement stronger and stronger, creating an army of apathetic idols out of people, patiently awaiting their fate," Pavlensky said.
The 29-year-old artist timed the stunt to coincide with Police Day, The Independent reports. He faced up to 15 days in jail, but was freed Monday after a judge ruled that documents had been presented "incorrectly in court." It is not clear whether he will be re-arrested.
The act was recorded and a video was uploaded online, but social media platforms have since blocked it.
The artist is known for his extreme public acts of protest. Last year, he sewed his lips shut in support of Pussy Riot.
And in May, Pavlensky was arrested for wrapping his naked body in barbed wire outside a legislative building in St. Petersburg. This stunt stood for "human existence in repressive legal system where any movement causes a severe reaction of the law, which sinks its teeth into the body of an individual," he explained.
According to The Independent, Russian artists have praised Pavlensky's most recent act. One called it a "manifesto of powerlessness."
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