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10.20.14 Rhett Jones

The St. Petersburg-based artist who nailed his scrotum to the ground at Red Square last year, just pulled a Van Gogh as part of a new political protest in Moscow. Petr Pavlensky climbed the wall of a psychiatric institution on Sunday and proceeded to cut off his earlobe. Pavlensky was taken to a hospital by police and […]

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11.26.13 Marina Galperina

St. Petersburg’s Anarchist Actionist Petr Pavlensky appeared in a Moscow court earlier this week, after being charged with “hooliganism motivated by political, ideological, racial, ethnic or religious hatred or animosity towards any social group” (Article 213) for nailing his scrotum the Red Square. Which social group? Neither the judge nor the prosecutor could specify. That’s fairly standard […]

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11.18.13 Marina Galperina

Last week, artist Petr Pavlensky nailed himself to the ground near Kremlin in the Red Square, “by the balls” — technically, the scrotum — and it echoed dramatically in the press. Though he was initially detained and released without charges, he is now facing a vague “hooliganism” charge and up to five years in jail. I spoke […]

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11.15.13 Marina Galperina

After nailing himself to the ground by his scrotum near the Kremlin on Sunday as “a metaphor for apathy, political indifference and the fatalism of modern Russian society,” Russian artist Petr Pavlensky was detained by the Moscow police. He was released from the station without any charges filed, but following international press attention — and opportunities […]

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11.11.13 Marina Galperina

By now you may have heard that artist Petr Pavlensky nailed himself to the ground near Moscow’s Kremlin yesterday BY HIS BALL SACK. He was detained by the police, and then released, his “hooliganism” charges dropped. Video above is NSFW. If the cops are watching his follow-up interviews with the Russian media right now, they might […]

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