PGO Opens Case Upon Desecration Of India Flag By FEMEN Women’s Movement …

The Prosecutor-General's Office on February 16 opened a criminal case upon desecration of the flag of India by activists from the women's movement FEMEN in this country's embassy in Kyiv, reads a statement made by the press service of the Internal Affairs Ministry.

The police say that in January the female activists penetrated up onto the balcony of the Indian embassy building.

Several topless girls unfolded a banner and were chanting objectionable slogans.

Then, the police say, they took the Indian national flag off from the mast, lunged it at windows and doors of the diplomatic building several times and then threw it onto the ground.

Law-enforcers note, the female activists were detained for these actions, delivered to the Shevchenkivskyi district police department of the Internal Affairs Ministry in Kyiv, but were released later.

Then, following a check of materials of this incident a criminal case was filed under Article 296, Section 2 of the Penal Code (disorderly conduct).

Pre-trial investigation into the case is under way.

On February 16, the Prosecutor-General's Office instituted criminal proceedings upon signs of crime qualified by Article 338, Section 2 of the Penal Code (public desecration of officially installed or run up foreign state's flag or coat of arms).

Besides, an administrative protocol was drawn up against the FEMEN leader for violation of the order of organisation and conducting assemblies, rallies, street processions and demonstrations.

The police remark, the protocol was drawn up because the authorities had not been notified of this action.

On February 15, the Shevchenkivskyi District Court of Kyiv ruled the FEMEN leader guilty of the wrongdoing and took to responsibility in the form of imposition of fine.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, a Russian court on February 13 ordered to collect a RUB 1,000 fine from an activist of the women's movement FEMEN.

The movement says that its activist, Oksana Shachko, raised Ukrainian flag on the roof of a checkpoint of Gazprom headquarters and was detained for that.


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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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