A topless feminist protester who repeatedly stabbed a waxwork of Russian leader Vladimir Putin in a French museum has been fined more than $7,500.
Iana Jdanova had the words "Kill Putin" written on her bare breasts and screamed out "Putin dictator" as she attacked the figure at Paris' Grevin Waxworks Museum in June.
The 26-year-old Ukrainian Femen activist repeatedly struck the structure in the face with what looked like a bloodied stake before toppling it to the ground.
Waxworks of President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande "looked on" as the "assault" unfurled.
Jdanova, who's lived in France for two years, appeared in court Wednesday. She was fined $2,000 for sexual exhibition, $3,800 for material damage, $1,200 for moral prejudice and $650 in legal fees.
"It is very strange, it is really a joke," The Local reports her as saying after the sentencing.
"This is the first time that we have been sentenced for exhibition,” she added. “This is our way of protesting. I have done it in Ukraine, in Turkey and it is the first time.”
Femen has become known for organizing controversial topless protests against sex tourism, religious institutions, sexism and homophobia.
Previous demonstrations in France have taken place in the Notre Dame cathedral, on top of the Moulin Rouge cabaret and on the Champs Elysées avenue.
Jdanova's attorney said they would appeal the sentence.
"In a society like ours where commercial exhibition is everywhere, sentencing for exhibition sends a political message. It is nonsense," said Dose.