Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky stripped naked and hammered a nail through his scrotum and into the cobblestones of Red Square in Moscow to protest the authoritarian regime in his country.

Horrified tourists watched until the police came and covered him with a blanket, removed him from the site and took him to the hospital; upon leaving the hospital he was arrested.

According to The Mirror, Mr. Pavlensky explained his demonstration: “A naked artist, looking at his balls nailed to the Kremlin pavement, is a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference, and fatalism of contemporary Russian society.”

Previously Pavlensky sewed his lips shut to protest the arrest of two members the Pussy Riot punk band.
 



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