Three girls take their clothes off at polling station to support Ukraine’s statehood

Young women who took their clothes off and interfered with the voting process were detained at a polling station in central Moscow on Sunday afternoon, Alexei Shlenov, deputy chairman of the Moscow City Elections Commission, told a press conference on Sunday.

"Three young women, including citizens of Ukraine, were detained and taken to the Tagansky district interior affairs department," Shlenov said.

The incident happened at Polling Station 105 located in Moscow's Kotelnicheskaya Embankment.

Alexander Brod, the head of the association Civil Control, said the young women, who took off their tops at a polling station in central Moscow on the unified voting day, belonged to the movement Femen, which is known for its controversial protests.

"Young women from the movement Femen took their tops off and shouted slogans in support of Ukraine's statehood at the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment," Brod said in the Central Elections Committee information center on Sunday.

In the meantime, Femen has disassociated itself from this protest, saying on its Internet sites that they "did not delegate our sextremists to a polling station in Moscow" and that the girls in the photographs posted on the Internet "have no relation to Femen."

The Stalin-era high-rise building where unknown individuals put a Ukrainian yellow and blue flag and painted the top of the golden start blue is located on the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment. Responsibility for that action was later assumed by a Ukrainian 'roofer' nicknamed Mustang, who was able to leave for Ukraine. Several people have been detained in Russia in connection with the "desecration of a high-rise building" and Grisha Mustang has declared under arrest in absentia.

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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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