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Russia on Monday detained a political performance artist best known for nailing his scrotum to Red Square after he torched the doors to the headquarters of the FSB security service, the successor to the KGB. Pyotr Pavlensky set fire to the wooden doors of the sprawling FSB building in downtown Moscow around 1:00am (Sunday 2200 GMT), his lawyer Olga Chavdar told AFP from the Moscow police station where he was being held. Police later opened a criminal investigation into vandalism for political reasons over the incident, a Moscow police spokesman told AFP. If charged and found guilty of vandalism — defiling or damaging property — Pavlensky could face up to three years in prison. A video posted online on Pavlensky’s social media account shows flames leaping to the top of the doorway as the artist stands in front of it holding a petrol canister, before a policeman comes running up. The video titled ‘The Burning Door of the Lubyanka’ —

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