Penile Servitude and the Police State



Sunday before last, on the drizzly police holiday, Petersburg performance artist Petr Pavlensky (b. 1984) sat stark naked in Moscow’s sacred center and nailed his scrotum to the cold cobblestones of Red Square.

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Stories Not About Putin, or Masha Gessen Bikes to the Kremlin


Authoritarian Fun Fact: when the political culture and mechanisms of power all revolve around one man (sexist language intended), the accidental consequences of that man’s actions can be both disheartening and hilarious (when they are not tragic and reprehensible).

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