Russian artist nails scrotum to Red Square cobbles. Pyotr Pavlensky stages protest against Russian society – watch the video – what do you think?

Pyotr Pavlensky, 29, reportedly sat for an hour and a half on the square on Sunday afternoon, with a nail driven through his genitals into the ground.

The performance can be seen as a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference and fatalism of contemporary Russian society. As the government turns the country into one big prison, stealing from the people and using the money to grow and enrich the police apparatus and other repressive structures, society is allowing this, and forgetting its numerical advantage, is bringing the triumph of the police state closer by its inaction.

Pavlensky previously attracted attention by sewing his lips together in July of last year and demonstrating outside St Petersburg’s Kazan Cathedral in support of the imprisoned Pussy Riot protesters. In May of this year, he wrapped his naked body in a “cocoon” of barbed wire outside the city’s parliament.

Nude artist Pyotr Pavlensky lies on the ground wrapped in a roll of barbed wire during a protest outside the city’s legislative assembly

Nude artist Pyotr Pavlensky lies on the ground wrapped in a roll of barbed wire during a protest outside the city’s legislative assembly

 

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