Mas­sive pe­nis a big is­sue

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0ST PETERS­BURG: Rad­i­cal Rus­sian artists painted a gi­ant pe­nis on a draw­bridge in cen­tral St Peters­burg ahead of a meet­ing that was the Rus­sian an­swer to the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum, po­lice said.

S i x t y - f ive met r e s long and 27m across, the light-coloured phal­lus glis­tened against the cap­i­tal’s sky­line when the bridge was drawn up to let ships pass.

The erect-look­ing pe­nis stood be­side the lo­cal head­quar­ters of the FSB, suc­ces­sor to the KGB.

Po­lit­i­cally-minded art col­lec­tive Voina, or War, said they drew the graf­fiti on Mon­day to protest against the height­ened se­cu­rity mea­sures ex­pected at the In­ter na­tional Eco­nomic Fo­rum, held this week in St Peters­burg, the home­town of both Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Min­is­ter Vladimir Putin.

Un­sanc­tioned po­lit­i­cal art or pub­lic mes­sages in the form of graf­fiti and paint­ing are ex­tremely rare in Rus­sia. – Reuters

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