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Ukranian Feminists, Femen, Accused of Arms Cache.

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Raid on Femen (link to Official site).

FEMEN have accused Ukrainian police of planting weapons in their Kiev bureau.

The feminist group, known for their bare-breasted protests, have denied being in possession of items included a World War II pistol and a grenade, during a police raid.

Crude mock-ups showing Russian President Vladimir Putin in a snipers’ crosshairs were also found. The police said they were responding to an anonymous tip-off.

“Half an hour ago policemen came and told us that there had been a complaint about weapons and explosives being stored in our office. We of course did not take it seriously, but the fact that seconds later the whole special group appeared shows that everything has been planned in advance,” said FEMEN co-founder Anna Gutsol.

There are no reports of arrest, but the offices have been sealed off and many activists were rounded up for questioning.

EuroNews.

This morning Libération reports,

After the discovery of weapons in their headquarters in Kiev, feminist activists have decided to close their local offices, saying it is no longer possible to work because of constant surveillance by the police.

Even before this incident, ” It was no longer possible to work in the office, where we were all the time listened to and monitored by the ‘special forces’. ” declared their local leader, Anna Hutsol.

The newspaper adds,

The Femen movement, founded in the Ukraine, but whose HQ is now in Paris, had for some years carried out actions across the world, denouncing sexism and discrimination against women. Their supporters appear suddenly, their breasts bared, and their bodies covered with writing, in order to attract attention. The group also denounces homophobia, the collusion between the state and the Church, authoritarian regimes, and election fraud.

Agence France Press just reported,

Kiev police spokesman Igor Mikhalko told AFP on Wednesday that the police had launched a criminal probe into illegal possession of weapons by the group, which could lead to a jail sentence of five years.

No one in the group has been charged but the investigation continues and the women could be called in for further questioning, Mikhalko said.

Hutsol told AFP that the group had already decided to move out and that the police raid had “strangely coincided” with its last day in its offices.

Police questioned activists until late Tuesday before releasing them, Hutsol said.

Femen’s female activists have become well-known in Ukraine and abroad for baring their breasts to protest  at discrimination against women and other rights violations.

The group has claimed that Hutsol and other activists were beaten by special services last month in an attempt by the government to pressure them to halt their protests, which target figures including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The group will continue its activism in Ukraine, Hutsol vowed.

“We are not stopping our activities in Ukraine, we are just moving out of the office.”

“Now to plan and prepare our next protests we will gather in different places.”

Written by Andrew Coates

August 28, 2013 at 11:09 am

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  1. According to Femen press-release their activists are under ‘total surveillance’ by Ukrainian special services. SBU officials declared that Femen is not that kind of important organization for SBU to spend their time and resources to organize surveillance of their members. However, as a proof Femen recorded and posted a video demonstrating the fact of such surveillance claiming the person filmed on this video is a SBU agent tracking the Femen activists:

    From their press-release: “FEMEN recorded SBU workers, who conducted a total surveillance of activists of FEMEN. The women’s movement FEMEN requires the Security Service of Ukraine to give an answer on what basis are agents of surveillance over members of the movement”.
    Ukrainian journalists performed an investigation study and found the identity of the person filmed on this video. He appeared to be Mikhail Reutski, the head of famous in Ukraine http://www.sport.ua media site:
    http://www.sxemy.net/news/?id=2939&t=5
    It’s needless to say that this man has nothing to do with Ukrainian special services or other governmental structures. No comments or apologies to this person were issued by Femen.

    Read more on facebook Femen Exposed
    Thanks.

    alexandra collontai

    September 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm

  2. According to Femen press-release three of their activists and Russian reporter Dmitri Kostukov were “seriously beaten” at the time of their arrest when they tried to perform topless protest during the celebration of 1025th anniversary of Baptism of Kyivan Rus. However, when activists left jail after paying of ~10 USD fines, observers only could find a single scratch on Dmitri Kostukov’s forehead which is not that unusual if he resisted the arrest:

    http://ru.tsn.ua/video/video-novini/v-femen-prokommentirovali-novye-napadeniya-na-ih-aktivistov.html
    http://argumentua.com/reportazh/27-iyulya-v-kieve-izbit-i-zaderzhan-vlastyami-izvestnyi-rossiiskii-fotozhurnalist-dmitrii-

    All other female activists appeared pretty normal and healthy on the video and no any further medical reports or other factual proof of injures or marks was provided by Femen thus making such accusations unsupported (in case of beating of their leaders Anna Gutsol and Viktor Svyatsky the pictures of injuries sustained by these persons were excessively shown in many news and media resources).

    According to Femen press-release their activists are under ‘total surveillance’ by Ukrainian special services. SBU officials declared that Femen is not that kind of important organization for SBU to spend their time and resources to organize surveillance of their members. However, as a proof Femen recorded and posted a video demonstrating the fact of such surveillance claiming the person filmed on this video is a SBU agent tracking the Femen activists:

    From their press-release: “FEMEN recorded SBU workers, who conducted a total surveillance of activists of FEMEN. The women’s movement FEMEN requires the Security Service of Ukraine to give an answer on what basis are agents of surveillance over members of the movement”.
    Ukrainian journalists performed an investigation study and found the identity of the person filmed on this video. He appeared to be Mikhail Reutski, the head of famous in Ukraine http://www.sport.ua media site:

    http://www.sxemy.net/news/?id=2939&t=5

    It’s needless to say that this man has nothing to do with Ukrainian special services or other governmental structures. No comments or apologies to this person were issued by Femen.

    Read more on facebook Femen Exposed
    Thanks.

    Alexandra Kollontai

    September 19, 2013 at 10:25 pm


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