Pyotr Pavlensky: The Russian artist behind French sex tape scandal

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He has nailed his scrotum to the ground outside Moscow’s Red Square and set fire to the headquarters of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB). Now, Russian political performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky finds himself at the centre of a sex tape scandal in France that has led to a Paris mayoral candidate dropping out of the race.

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