Artist Pavlensky accused of petty hooliganism for protest in Red Square

The Moscow Tverskoi Court has returned the petty hooliganism case against young St. Petersburg painter Pyotr Pavlensky, who conducted a protest in Moscow's Red Square, to the police.

The Moscow Tverskoi Court has returned the petty hooliganism case against young St. Petersburg painter Pyotr Pavlensky, who conducted a protest in Moscow's Red Square, to the police.

"The administrative case opened against Pavlensky based on Article 20.1 of the Code of Administrative Violations (petty hooliganism) was returned to the police. His case will not be tried on Monday," the Moscow Tverskoi Court told Interfax.

Pavlensky, who is known for his eccentric behavior, has recently conducted a protest on Red Square, where he took his clothes off, sat down and drove a nail into a stone block through his testicles. The police put a blanket over the man and sent him to hospital, were he was given medical assistance. He refused hospitalization.

A video of the 'performance" was later posted on the Internet, and Pavlensky issued a statement saying his protest, which was entitled "Fixation," protested against "the apathy, political indifference, and fatalism of modern Russian society."

Pavlensky is known to have tortured himself during such "performances." Specifically, he stitched his mouth with threads to protest the sentence handed out to the participants in the "punk prayer" in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Several months ago, he came to the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly with no clothes, with barbed wire wrapped over his body.

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