Case dropped against self-mutilating Russian artist
MOSCOW, April 16 (RAPSI) – Criminal case against performance artis Pyotr Pavlensky who attracted international attention after nailing his scrotum to the cobblestones in Moscow's Red Square has been dropped due to lack of criminal action, his attorney told RAPSI on Wednesday.
On November 10, he came to Moscow's Red Square, stripped naked and then proceeded to nail his genitalia to the cobblestones. Paramedics took the man from the Red Square, and after refusing hospitalization, he spent the night in a police station. Moscow police then initiated a criminal case on the charges of hooliganism.
Pavlensky was released the next day, after Moscow's Tverskoy District Court remanded his case to the police based on a procedural error. If convicted, Pavlensky could face a fine or up to 15 days in jail.
This is not Pavlensky's first performance involving self-inflicted injuries. During the summer of 2012, he stitched his mouth shut and protested in front of Saint Petersburg's Kazansky Cathedral in support of the jailed Pussy Riot members.