Ukraine: Femen Women Activists Stage Semi-Naked Protest [SLIDESHOW]

An activist from the women's rights group Femen is detained during a protest outside the residence of the Indian ambassador in KyivAnother activist from Femen is detained by police during the protest, held in temperatures of -5CA member of the Ukrainian women's group Femen appears semi-naked outside the residence of the Indian ambassador in KyivActivists from Femen bared their breasts and occupied the second floor of the building in KyivAnother member of Femen is detained by police following the protest in Kyiv

Activists from the women's group Femen braved the cold stripped to the waist to stage a semi-naked protest in Kyiv outside the residence of India's ambassador to Ukraine.

The demonstration came in response to reports in Indian media that Indian consular sections in ex-Soviet nations, such as Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, had tightened visa applications for women aged 18-40 to prevent the travel of sex workers to India.

The activists occupied the second floor of the residence and shouted "Ukraine is not a bordello", "We demand apologies" and "I am not a prostitute."

Police detained all the participants in the protest.

In December, the Ukrainian feminist group staged another bare-breasted protest outside Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Moscow's symbol of religious revival, in front of the Kremlin. They waved signs that read "God, get rid of the Czar!", with clear reference to Vladimir Putin.

Earlier that month, they staged another topless protest outside the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv ahead of the Euro 2012 draw. The protest was against what they claim were attempts to legalise prostitution during the 2012 European Championship, which is due to be held in Ukraine and Poland in June and July.

Femen has acquired an international reputation for members' audacious semi-naked protests.


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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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