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FEMEN activists held by unknown individuals in Donetsk

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June 18, 2012, 9:38 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The Ukrainian women's movement FEMEN says FEMEN activists Oleksandra Shevchenko, Yana Zhdanova, and Anna Bolshakova were kidnapped in Donetsk.
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The Ukrainian women's movement FEMEN says FEMEN activists Oleksandra Shevchenko, Yana Zhdanova, and Anna Bolshakova were kidnapped by a group of unknown individuals in Donetsk on Friday, June 15.

 According to a press release issued by FEMEN, the activists arrived in Donetsk to protest Euro 2012 on Friday morning.

"After the women arrived in the city, a group of some 15 people, who appeared to be private security guards or special service officials, started observing the activists," the report says.

Trying to escape from their followers, the women split into two groups and took public transport in different directions. Shevchenko's phone went dead at 1600 and Zhdanova and Bolshakova stopped answering their phones about an hour later.

"In an informal report, the administration of Donetsk police deny their involvement in the surveillance and disappearance of the FEMEN activists," the document says.

According to earlier reports, topless FEMEN activists tried to get into the Olympiysky sports facility during the Ukraine-Sweden game to protest Euro 2012. The police detained two girls to make an administrative violation protocol.

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freedom..... June 13, 2012, 7:13 a.m.    

Welcome to yanuStain's zookraine......

Check the next trains going to Siberia.

This is the country yanuStalin is developing....
This gov't is out of control......

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freedom..... June 13, 2012, 8:09 a.m.    

Welcome to yanuStain's zookraine......

Check the next trains going to Siberia.

This is the country yanuStalin is developing....
This gov't is out of control......

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carl June 13, 2012, 9:32 a.m.    

freedom how many nations would allow women to strip at an international event. I hope they are safe but to think they can take their clothes off everywhere is crazy. Can you imagine what would happen in saudi arabia if they did that.

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freedom..... June 13, 2012, 3:07 p.m.    

You don't understand democracy, freedom of speech/protest.
Yes, there are laws......maybe a 1961 Soviet law,,,allowing kidnapping of 'potential protestors'

This is not Saudi Arabia,

If this happenend in Europe, England, Canada, US, Austrailia,,,,,,,they would be charged with the appropiate law......NOT FRICKEN KIDNAPPED AND HELD INCOMMUNICADO........

Where do you get your outrageous ideas?????

carl.....

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cedrik June 20, 2012, 8:08 a.m.    

Stop it, Freedom. You have no concept of the size of a 'femen' operation. It's not just 3 girls with low morals exposing their breasts and obscenities in public, it involves a minimum of 25 people from make up to poster production to transport to, yup, you guessed it, security. Ergo, ain't NO ONE has 'kidnapped' them. They pulled this same stunt before in Mockba.

Now, as far as laws, what's the cut off date for a law being 'out of date'?

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