Kyiv police block FEMEN office in Kyiv

The Ukrainian feminist movement FEMEN says the police blocked the
organization's office in Kyiv following the sawing down of the cross in
central Kyiv.

"The police launched a full-fledged hunt for FEMEN activists after
the Interior Ministry's Main Department in Kyiv opened a criminal case
on the basis of the sawing down of the cross in Maidan Nezalezhnosti.
The Kyiv office of FEMEN […] was blocked by the Interior Ministry
special troops all night," FEMEN said in a press release issued on

FEMEN activists reiterate that they are "calm about the authorities'
ardor to put them behind bars and are not at all sorry for what they
have done and are ready for any development of the situation."

According to earlier reports, FEMEN activists sawed down a cross in
central Kyiv located near the International Center for Culture and Arts
(Zhovtnevy Palace) to express their solidarity and support of Pussy Riot
on August 17.

A criminal case was opened on the basis of the article of the
Ukrainian Criminal Code dealing with hooliganism. No one has been
detained yet.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow patriarchate) condemned the
FEMEN activists' action and called on the media and the public to ignore
such actions.

The all-Ukrainian movement Svoboda and the all-Ukrainian public
organization Vernoye Kazachestvo have expressed an intention to restore
the cross.

On August 17, the Moscow Khamovnichesky Court sentenced three members
of the feminist group Pussy Riot to two years in a penal colony for
their stunt in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.



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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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