Activists from Ukraine’s Femen group staged a demonstration in Milan on Thursday in protest of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s scheduled meeting with European and Asian leaders this week, International Business Times reports.
Two protesters took their tops off and poured red wine over themselves, which they said signifies the blood of Ukrainians.
The activists called themselves “sextremists” and dubbed the demonstration the “Blood Bucket Challenge” in reference to the popular “Ice Bucket Challenge” that benefits ALS research that swept across the world this summer. One woman had "Stop ignoring Ukrainian bloodshed" written on her chest, while the other had "ASEM allies of Putin" written on hers, in reference to the Asia-Europe Meeting that Putin was scheduled to attend.
Femen has chapters across the world and is known for staging attention-getting protests. Femen conducted another “Blood Bucket Challenge” earlier this month outside the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra monastery in Kyiv. A Femen activist was fined $7,176 on Wednesday after she tackled and stabbed a wax statue of Putin at a Paris wax museum.