Topless feminist attacks Russian church leader

A bare-breasted feminist activist bearing a threatening message on her body tried to attack the Russian Orthodox Church's leader yesterday to protest alleged anti-Ukrainian policies by the church and the Kremlin.

The protester, part of the controversial Ukrainian women's rights movement Femen, managed to get a metre from Patriarch Kirill at Kyiv's airport, but was stopped by a security guard and a priest.

The woman, identified by Femen as Yana Zhdanova, had the words 'Kill Kirill' written on her back in large black letters.

Police said the activist was being held at the airport and will soon be taken to court, where she may face a fine or several days in custody.

The commotion highlighted the tension between Moscow and Kyiv as Ukraine tries to move out of Russia's shadow politically, economically and spiritually.

- Maria Danilova in Kyiv

Irish Independent


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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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