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Artist takes off his clothes and cuts off his ear before police forcefully take him to hospital

By Mason White 1:42 PM October 21, 2014
Petr Pavlenskiy 

By: Mahesh Sarin
An artist was rushed to a hospital after undressing and cutting off his ear, police in Russia said.

Moscow Police said that 30-year-old Petr Pavlenskiy, undressed before severing his own ear with a kitchen knife in full view of passersby.

Pavlenskiy was seen sitting naked on a wall on Serbski Street, before pulling out the sharp kitchen knife and cutting off part of the ear, causing blood to flow down on his body.

Minutes later, the police arrived and recovered the knife, putting the artist into a headlock and dragging him away from the scene.

Pavlenskiy was taken to Botkinsksya Hospital, where he is said to be in stable condition. In the past, Pavlenskiy sewed his lips and wrapped his body in barbed wire.

He sewed his lip shut in order to protest the arrest of the Pussy Riot band members. Pavlenskiy did not reveal why he cut off his ear.