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Artist nails scrotum to ground in protest

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Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky nailed his testicles to the ground to protest the country's descent into a "police state." (YouTube screen grab)

Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky nailed his testicles to the ground to protest the country's descent into a "police state." (YouTube screen grab)

A Russian performance artist's latest piece saw him nail his testicles to the ground of Moscow's Red Square. The act was to protest the country's descent into a "police state," The Guardian reports.

"The performance can be seen as a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference and fatalism of contemporary Russian society," artist Pyotr Pavlensky said in a statement.

Pavlensky's protest took place on Police Day in Russia, celebrated by law enforcement on Sunday.

He arrived at Red Square around noon, stripped and nailed his scrotum to the cobblestones, The Guardian reported. He was treated for minor injuries in hospital.

He was scheduled to be in court Monday and could face a 15-day jail sentence for the stunt.

Pavlensky has previously sewn his lips together to protest the jailing of Pussy Riot and wrapped himself in barbed wire in protest of the government's "oppressive legal system."