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Three activists with the radical feminist Femen movement and a Russian photographer have spent the night in police custody after being detained on July 27.

The group claimed on July 28 that the four had been snatched off a street in Kyiv by unknown assailants in civilian clothes the previous afternoon.

Police say they were detained for disobeying police orders when the three activists were posing topless.

The activists -- Oleksandra Shevchenko, Yana Zhdanova, and Oksana Shachko -- now face charges of petty hooliganism, while the photographer is charged with disobeying a police officer.

They could face up to 15 days in jail.

Femen claims its activists have been beaten and harassed in the run-up to the visit to Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin and other guests to mark the 1,025th anniversary of the Christianization of Kyivan Rus.

Based on reporting by AFP and Interfax

Via: rferl.org


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About FEMEN

The mission of the "FEMEN" movement is to create the most favourable conditions for the young women to join up into a social group with the general idea of the mutual support and social responsibility, helping to reveal the talents of each member of the movement.

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