He could have just sent him a card. Or composed a song or something. A Kazakh performance artist, Kanat Ibragimov, has had himself circumcised in honor of his President Nursultan Nazarbaev's 70th birthday
Before the ordeal, a rising star of Kazakh showbiz -- described by "Respublika" as "a hybrid of Marilyn Monroe and Kazakh nightingale
" -- sang "Happy birthday, Mr. President," before Ibragimov emerged with pickle jar and a mushroom-like object floating inside.
He dedicated his sacrifice to the president and called on Kazakh citizens to do the same.
As Eurasianet's "Inside The Cocoon"
As pressure mounts on civil society in Kazakhstan, humor is becoming an alternative means for protest. Performance artist Kanat Ibragimov, for example, is becoming well-known for his tongue-in-cheek actions. He gate-crashed this April’s Eurasian Media Forum - brainchild of the president’s daughter, Dariga Nazarbayeva - to distribute leaflets while fellow artist Aynur Saydenova played La Marseillaise on a violin. Ibragimov’s leaflets bore a concise message: “kop soz, bok soz,” which loosely translates from Kazakh as “lots of words, lots of excrement.”
Watch the K+ report
, in English and with all the gory details.
-- Luke Allnutt