05 September 2012, 15:47
FEMEN initiator of sawing dawn the cross leaves Ukraine for France
Kyiv, September 5, Interfax - Inna Shevchenko, the member of the movement FEMEN who initiated the recent sawing down of the cross in central Kyiv, has left Ukraine for France.
The woman has decided to leave Ukraine "under pressure from the Ukrainian Security Service and the Russian Orthodox Church," FEMEN reported on its website on Wednesday.
"In the course of the two weeks following the sawing down of the cross, Inna Shevchenko was under surveillance for 24 hours a day and the area around her apartment building was occupied by Ukrainian Security Service officials. The organization decided to evacuate Inna Shevchenko to Paris, where she can continue to work, without waiting for her arrest. In the middle of the night, Inna left her apartment through the balcony, reached the city of Korosten, Zhitomir Region, breaking away from the people who followed her, and took a train from Kyiv to Warsaw," the FEMEN press service reported.
On August 17, activists from the feminist movement FEMEN sawed down a cross in central Kyiv in support of the Pussy Riot women, who had been sentenced to two years in a penal colony for their stunt in the Moscow cathedral of Christ the Savior.
The Kyiv police opened a criminal case on the basis of the Article of the Ukrainian Criminal Code dealing with hooliganism, but no one was detained.
Activists representing various opposition forces and public organizations installed a temporary cross on the site of the old cross on August 18.
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