A Russian artist stripped himself nude and sat on the ground in Red Square before nailing his scrotum to the ground, in protest of the police state. Pyotr Pavlensky, age 29 made a statement yesterday before his act of protest, that a naked artist who nails his testicles to the ground is a metaphor for apathy which rules in modern-day Russia. According to the BBC, the protest was to coincide with “Police Day.”
The BBC quoted Pavlensky as saying:
“When the authorities turn the country into one big prison, openly robbing the populace and channeling funds to increase and enrich the police and other security agencies, society accepts arbitrariness and, having forgotten its advantage in numbers, brings the triumph of the police state closer through its inaction.”
Pavlensky has staged protests in the past, which included sewing his lips together, and wrapping his nude body with barbed wire, to protest the arrest of the band Pussy Riot.
Police wrapped him in a blanket before taking him into custody. He faces 15 days for disorderly conduct. His graphic act was recorded and uploaded online until it was removed by the social media.
Fellow artists had praise for Pavlenski’s protest, with statements ranging from “powerful gesture of absolute despair” to “a manifesto of powerlessness”.
its just Russia today and typical the FSU, corruption and all people just sick of it.
as soon as Putons gone the better,, the guys an idiot,, rich idiot.
one thing i cannot stand is how this country works with veto's on serious world matters, always when the states are involved,,, like some school boy court yard crap over and over.
in my life time i cannot think of Russia ever agreeing with anything with the states????
even when the Soviet Union broke up the States and Briton tried there best to keep it as one. possibly why the break went reasonably easy, a little reverse psychology for the absent minded.
is this really Russian culture? :)
or the mad hatters party cobbling up the US and euro dollar.
did i mean greed.