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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


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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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