Protester nails testicles to Red Square cobblestone


AFP
November 10, 2013

Photo By Sergei Supinsky (AFP)

Artist taken to a police station after being treated in a central Moscow clinic / Photo By Sergei Supinsky (AFP)

A Russian performance artist was hospitalised Sunday after stripping naked and nailing his testicles to a Red Square cobblestone in protest against the Kremlin’s crackdown on political rights.

A video of the graphic action, available on Russian websites, showed artist Pyotr Pavlensky sitting naked outside Lenin’s Mausoleum being covered with a blanket by police officers while horrified passersby looked on.

The state-run RIA Novosti news agency said Pavlensky was taken to a police station after being treated in a central Moscow clinic.

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