Russian activist sets fire at FSB headquarters

2015-11-09 21:00
Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky poses after setting fire to the doors of the headquarters of the FSB in Moscow. (Nigina Beroeva, AFP)

Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky poses after setting fire to the doors of the headquarters of the FSB in Moscow. (Nigina Beroeva, AFP)

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Moscow - A Russian artist who previously nailed his scrotum to Red Square is in trouble again for setting fire to the main door of the Federal Security Service (FSB) headquarters in Moscow, the Interfax news agency reported on Monday.

Pyotr Pavlensky and two journalists were detained during the stunt, in which the performance artist doused the door with petrol and set it alight around 03:00, the report said.

Pavlensky, 31, was charged with petty hooliganism, punishable by up to 15 days in prison. The two journalists were released after questioning.

The FSB is a successor agency of the Soviet KGB and has its headquarters in the same building, Lubyanka, where thousands of Muscovites were brought during Stalin's Great Terror of the 1930s.

Pavlensky said he burned the door to protest against the state's "never-ending terror" and its continued intrusions into the personal lives of citizens, according to a description for a video posted by his account on the video-sharing website Vimeo.

Pavlensky has been arrested numerous times on hooliganism charges.

He is most famous for his 2013 stunt Fixation in which he stripped naked and sat down on Red Square, then hammered a nail through the middle of his scrotum and into the cobblestone pavement.

He told news site Grani at the time that a naked artist staring at his own shackled testicles is a "metaphor for the apathy, political indifference and fatalism of contemporary Russian society".

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