Ukrainian Court Fines Feminist Protesters

Femen said that the women had been beaten and kidnapped when they were arrested and that they had been targeted by Ukraine’s security service, the SBU, to prevent protests during a visit to Kyiv by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and Patriarch Kirill I of the Russian Orthodox church, who have been accosted by Femen members in the past.

Police said that the women, Oksana Shachko, Alexandra Shevchenko, and Yana Zhdanova, were detained by a patrol car after officers spotted them naked and arrested them for “petty hooliganism” after they failed to cover up. The photojournalist, Dmitry Kostyukov, was accused of disobeying police orders.

Mr. Kostyukov told the Russian television channel Dozhd, on Sunday that all the women had been clothed and that he and they were attacked and beaten by 15 to 20 men in plain clothes as he was photographing the activists outside an apartment building. A police car drove up then to arrest them.

“My head, face and back hurt, and I have some dizziness,” Mr. Kostyukov told Dozhd. “Oksana was hit in the kidneys and the chest.”

Sunday’s fines were small, the equivalent of about $10.50 for each woman and just over $16.70 for Mr. Kostyukov, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported. Femen’s leader, Anna Hutsol, said she was attacked twice on Saturday, in which her dog was kidnapped and she was beaten in the face.

“This is not possible in a normal, democratic country,” she in a telephone interview. “More and more we are resembling Russia and Belarus.”

Femen also reported on Thursday that Viktor Svyatsky, a political scientists who is affiliated with the organization, was beaten on Wednesday and warned by his attackers that similar measures would be used against other activists. Graphic photographs of his swollen and cut face were posted on the site.


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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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