Putin triggers topless protest, speculation over his appearance

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Oct. 29, 2010, 3:11 a.m. | Ukraine — by Kyiv Post Staff

Activists of the Ukrainian womens’ organization Femen hold placards protesting Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s visit to Kyiv on Oct. 27.
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Kyiv Post Staff

No big deals were announced during Putin’s Oct. 27 visit. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was greeted to Kyiv on Oct. 27 by topless protesters campaigning against what they said is Russia’s growing influence in Ukraine.

While Putin Vladimir Putin was discussing gas deals with his Ukrainian counterpart, Mykola Azarov, two blocks away, members of the women’s rights group Femen decided to take off most of their clothes and ridicule the Kremlin leader.

“We won’t sleep with Kremlin midgets” and “You can’t make us bend over that easily,” read two placards held by six young women with nothing to hide as they stood in downtown Kyiv on the square facing Bessarabsky Market in front of the Vladimir Lenin monument.
We are protesting against the interference of Russia in Ukraine’s internal affairs. After these visits, restrictions are placed on media and the right to demonstrate, just like in Russia.”

- Anna Hutsol, Femen leader.

The name of their protest, “Ukrayina ne Alina” (Ukraine is not Alina), refers to Putin’s reputed longtime romantic relationship with the pro-Kremlin Russian lawmaker Alina Kabayeva, a former world champion gymnast.

Femen activists said Putin has a negative influence on his Ukrainian colleagues.

“We are protesting against the interference of Russia in Ukraine’s internal affairs. After these visits, restrictions are placed on media and the right to demonstrate, just like in Russia,” Femen leader Anna Hutsol said.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is shown during his meeting with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in Kyiv on Oct. 27 (top) and with Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov (bottom) during their meeting in Kyiv on Oct. 27. (AP)

While Femen members bared their chests, Putin and Azarov negotiated final details for a joint venture to process uranium and discussed Russian natural gas supplies for which Ukraine is seeking a discount. No new gas deal came out of the meeting.

Russia in April agreed to provide cheaper gas supplies in return for the stationing of its Black Sea Fleet on Ukraine’s territory until 2042.

The prime ministers did manage to agree on a joint venture between the two countries’ state aircraft-building companies and a joint venture to produce nuclear fuel in Ukraine.

But with no major gas deals announced, more attention was focused on the tired-looking Putin’s face. Photos appeared to show dark bruises under the eyes of the Russian leader, who is famed for his macho man image and love of judo. Even heavy make-up could not cover the blemishes, and Russian and Ukrainian media speculated that it was a judo injury, or perhaps even a facelift.

Putin’s spokesman told the Associated Press that it was simply caused by tiredness from a busy schedule or bad lighting in the room.

Despite his apparent fatigue, Putin spent three hours at Yanukovych’s suburban mansion following his meeting with Azarov, before flying off to Moscow around 1:30 p.m., a Kyiv-based Russian diplomat told the Kyiv Post. He didn’t say what the presidents discussed.
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Anonymous Oct. 29, 2010, 4:42 a.m.    

Hero journalist Yulia Latynina, writing in the Moscow Times:

Any government that is accountable to the people dedicates a substantial amount of time analyzing and reporting on its actions and mistakes. Visitors to the U.S. government and Senate web sites will find hundreds, even thousands, of such reports. An unaccountable government behaves exactly the opposite. Rather than analyzing its mistakes, it makes empty promises, and instead of holding past actions up to scrutiny, it draws attention with predictions about the future.

Nowhere is this unaccountability of the Russian authorities more evident than in this past summer’s wildfires. Three months after much of European Russia was engulfed in toxic smoke, villages burned and people lost their lives, we have no more information about what happened than what was offered at the very outset.

The State Duma, the Federation Council and the government have not made even the slightest attempt to analyze what happened. They have forgotten the fires as if they never occurred, which raises a number of critical questions.

We still don’t know how many people burned to death. The official number cited Aug. 2 was 34 victims. On Aug. 4 the figure rose to 48 and on Aug. 6 to 52. After that, the authorities apparently stopped counting the bodies. Thus, 52 is not the final or even an approximate count. It’s just the total number of bodies that had been found as of Aug. 6.

The number of people who died as an indirect result of the fires is also unclear. According to Andrei Illarionov, a former economic adviser to then-President Vladimir Putin, anywhere from 56,000 to 64,000 more people than usual died this July and August. That’s only slightly fewer than all Soviet casualties from the war in Afghanistan. On Monday, the Economic Development Ministry reported — in passing, in an otherwise unrelated report — that 14,500 and 41,300 more people than average died in July and August, respectively.

The authorities have yet to report on the long-term effects of toxic smoke exposure, particularly on infants and pregnant women.

The authorities have never given a figure for total losses from the fires.

Neither the government nor parliament has made any attempt to analyze the causes of this catastrophe. The only reason offered was the unusual heat.

But nobody has explained why the Bryansk region went up in flames while the immediately adjacent areas of Belarus and Ukraine did not.

If the heat was the only cause, why was it confined to Russia’s borders?

Was it denied a visa?

Experts and the media were unanimous in saying the new Forest Code, which largely dismantled the sprawling Soviet-era network of forest protection, was one of the causes of the fires. But no changes to the Forest Code have been made.

One reason for the casualties was the ineffective response by authorities at all levels. Russia was already burning when Putin traveled to Crimea to ride a three-wheeled Harley-Davidson. People had already burned to death in the Nizhny Novgorod region when Governor Valery Shantsev reported that he didn’t need any help from Moscow. Not only did almost all of the villages that burned lack their own fire engines, but none were sent in from neighboring municipalities. Nizhny Novgorod authorities went so far as to threaten criminal charges against people who tried to save their homes from burning.

Now we have not seen any analysis whatsoever from the authorities concerning what happened — or more accurately, what didn’t happen. Accountable governments analyze their mistakes to learn from them. Unaccountable governments bury the past with visions of the future.

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Anonymous Oct. 29, 2010, 9:30 a.m.    

It was only a year since deceitful Bolshevik Russia had turned on its reluctant Baltic allies, cowardly breaking trust and abusing the treaty, which allowed the Reds the use of a few designated military bases in the Baltic States. It was from these bases that the coups d’etat were successfully launched against the legitimate democratic governments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Signing of the criminal Molotov-Ribentrop pact, 1939, Moscow - Red and Brown fascists form an unholy alliance ... . {PRONOUNCED THE KREMLIN AND THE NAZIS!!}

In practice, the kremlin started with Estonia, the smallest state with a population of 1,130,000. On September 24th, the Soviets demanded the right to establish naval, military and air bases on Estonian territory. Foreign Minister Karl Selter was informed that Estonian neutrality constituted a danger to the Soviet Union, as the authorities had permitted a Polish submarine to escape from an Estonian port and sink a Soviet steamer near Leningrad (this was a fabrication). Estonia was thus forced to sign a “Treaty of Mutual Assistance”. Either that or face invasion by the Red Army, estimated at that time to be 3,000,000 strong. The Soviet government stationed 25,000 Red Army troops in Estonia at this time.

A high ranking N K V D officer gave his signature to:

ORDER NO. 001223


Regarding the procedure for carrying out the deportation of anti-Soviet Elements from Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

This document unexpectedly became accessible to historians when it fell into the hands of the Germans when they invaded the Soviet Union in 1941.

It stated that they were to break into designated houses, assembling families in single rooms. Locked doors were to be smashed in and protesting neighbors dispersed. Transported in carts or trucks to the nearest railway station, the prisoners' departure was to be rigorously guarded by NKVD troops. At the station the head of each family was to be skillfully separated from his wife and children, and loaded into a separate truck.

The kremlin was now in a position to implement 0 R D E R N 0. 001223. During the first year of Soviet occupation of Estonia more than 60,000 persons were killed or deported (on the night of June 13-14, 1941 more than 10,000 people were removed in a mass deportation). During 1941-1944 the Nazis occupied Estonia.

Before the Soviets returned in 1944, over 60,000 Estonians managed to escape from the country. In 1945-1946 the kremlin deported another 20,000 people. On March 24-27, 1949, 70,000 more persons were deported. These were mainly farmers who resisted collectivization.

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Anonymous Oct. 29, 2010, 9:38 p.m.    

to bad Stalin did wipe out Estonia Latvia and Lithuania the three worst economies in the world LOL.

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Anonymous Oct. 29, 2010, 7:15 a.m.    

hope the first genocide was done by you lovely master USA against the native people of Hispaniola island. They were called the TAINO people. Just one of many native tribes wiped out by &quot;democratic&quot; usa.

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Anonymous Oct. 29, 2010, 9:46 a.m.    

As usual, kremlinoids show their ignorance and lack of education - to the world. When Columbus went to America, the USA did not exist, and moskali were stroking their ornery black pigs in Muscovy wondering if they will become civilized someday. The moscali are still wondering.

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Anonymous Oct. 29, 2010, 10:18 a.m.    

I see that kremlinoids continue to give nonsensical comments. All countries have some forest fires but other countries try to prevent and control them. Putin and the kremlin caused and spread the fires.

Putin Incinerates his Country

Let’s be absolutely clear: The wildfires that have swept through Russia, killed dozens, wiped out billions in property, and severely constrained the Russian economy, did not just happen on Vladimir Putin’s watch. That would be bad enough, and grounds for his ouster. But it is much worse: These fires are the direct result of Putin’s horrific policies.

Specifically, four years ago Putin gutted the Russian forest protection service. He did so in order to give his fat-cat oligarch pals unfettered access to the forests for logging purposes, and almost certainly received a rich reward for doing so. Putin’s actions left the government totally unable to prevent the wildfires from occurring, and totally unable to stop them once they started.

PS Are you calling the Circassians Nazis? Please go to school and read some non-kremlin history books.

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Anonymous Oct. 29, 2010, 7:15 a.m.    

When our Kozacks allow their Cossacks to overrun,

Amazons (ancient BC female warriors of bordering Scythia in Samatia, modern day Ukraine)

dress to battle the invader,

or as one saint once put it

&quot;nuns will become bishops when the bishops become nuns&quot;.

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Anonymous Oct. 29, 2010, 7:19 a.m.    

no there will join there sisters in the brothels like the majority of Ukraine women.

your western gods laugh at you.

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Anonymous Oct. 29, 2010, 10:05 a.m.    

For Ostarbeiter same ban on marriage was not. Gave birth ostovki and children, mostly - from their own legal husbands. For most of them conceived in sin, the child is a disgrace to the rest of his life and nearly closed the possibility of returning to his native village. So the Germans could only marvel at the moral stability and chastity of the girls from Ukraine.

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Anonymous Oct. 29, 2010, 11:41 a.m.    

More photos of the breasts please. Sure Putin and his soft dictatorship pulling the puppet strings of Ukraine are newsworthy but the breasts are far more interesting than failed policies and no freedom.

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Anonymous Oct. 29, 2010, 4:47 p.m.    

These girls seem to be the only people in Ukraine who have the guts, the courage, the heart and soul, the decency and integrity and wisdom and common sense to stand up for Ukraine.

Goodness knows that Yanukonvikt, Kolesnikov, Azarov Azarovych, Lytvyn, and the rest of the PoR mafiosi gangsters certainly won't stand up for Ukraine - they're too busy lining their own pockets with Mezhihirya and other goodies (Yanukonvikt's 2 sons just stole some land, all with the approval of Donetsk City Council - they stole it fair and square). They're also too busy selling Ukraine to Putler and the Kremlin.

God bless these girls.

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Anonymous Oct. 30, 2010, 7:02 p.m.    

And some people seem to have already responded to this power share by painting icons with images of the president on them. One can buy them at street markets in Kyiv and Donetsk for Hr 1,700.

Read more:

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Anonymous Oct. 29, 2010, 6:31 p.m.    

Now that's what I call &quot;keeping 'a breast' of the times&quot; - there aught to be more of it.

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Anonymous Oct. 29, 2010, 6:32 p.m.    

Seeking nothing more the publicity through cheap exposure. Bare it and grin it.

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Anonymous Oct. 29, 2010, 6:50 p.m.    

Heh heh heh, they shoud also show their naked arses, just to demonstrate the trus image of the orange Ukraine - the proverbial whore of the nazi hohol diaspora pimps. LOL :D

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Anonymous Nov. 1, 2010, 12:55 a.m.    

According to the department for combating extremism of Russia's MIA, currently more than 150 radical groupings of neo-Nazi orientation are active in Russia. The figure was announced on October 28 by Militia General-Major Sergey Girko, Head of the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of the Russian MIA, the &quot;Interfax&quot; writes.

According to his story, every year new fascist groupings appear in Russia, and a number of extremist crimes committed on the basis of national, racial or religious hatred is on a steady rise.

A scandalous case about crimes committed on motives of national hatred is investigated by the Public Prosecutor's Office of the South-West District of Moscow: a young skinhead has confessed of murdering 37 persons, including Caucasian natives. According to the &quot;Vremya Novostej&quot; (Time of News), Arthur Ryno, 18, pupil of the Kisselyov School of Icon Painting, detained in mid-April for murdering an Armenian native, has unexpectedly confessed to investigators of committing brutal assassinations, together with his friend Pavel Skachevskiy, 18, a student of the Russian State University of Physical Culture, who was also detained, of several dozens of persons, the web site reports.

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Anonymous Nov. 1, 2010, 1:13 a.m.    

The Moscow Bureau for Human Rights estimates 70,000 neo-Nazis were active in Russia — compared with a just few thousand in the early 1990s.

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Anonymous Oct. 29, 2010, 7:05 p.m.    

“We are protesting against the interference of Russia in Ukraine’s internal affairs. After these visits, restrictions are placed on media and the right to demonstrate, just like in Russia,” Femen leader Anna Hutsol said.


To all the 'macho Ukrainian guys',,,,,,,,these women have guts, courage and concern about their country. Where is the support from the men? There should be hundred of others which should join in with them and support them. It is your country too!

Drastic times calls for drastic measures!! It works,,,right!

These girls are telling Putin......&quot;Leave us alone and mind your own business,,,,,stay out of Ukraines internal affairs&quot;,,,,,,,,,and guys where is your support? You stand and stare and do nothing,,,,,,shame.

Keep doing nothing,,,,,,,and Yanuk/Putin will win.

Thank heaven, these girls have the courage to tell Putin to butt out.

Bless these protestors!!



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Anonymous Oct. 29, 2010, 7:21 p.m.    

The brave actions of these new Ukrainian Amazons are being reported in the world press so that the world can see what yanukovych and putin are planning.

Now this is a missile crisis.

A group of topless Ukrainian women -- outraged that Russia is trying to strong-arm their country -- decided to fight back yesterday by unleashing their own personal stockpile of warheads in the capital city of Kiev.

The bare-breasted activists, who call themselves &quot;FEMEN,&quot; posed topless during a visit by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. They made it clear that their boob barrage was aimed squarely at the Russian strongman.

&quot;We won't sleep with Kremlin dwarves,&quot; declared one of their signs, referring to the 5-foot-7 Putin.

&quot;You can't make us bend over that easily,&quot; another one read.

Putin was in Kiev to talk to Ukraine's pro-Moscow leaders about a deal to lower the cost of natural-gas imports.

The FEMEN protesters have turned Ukrainian politics into something that bares watching. They have held several topless protests, including one last year at the polls.

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Anonymous Oct. 29, 2010, 11:41 p.m.    

Has anyone noticed the clear resemblance of the character Gollum in 'Lord of the Rings' and the character called Putin? Putin and Gollum mite easily be twins separated at birth. Both are treacherous conniving and slimy. But the facial resemblance....oh my....a perfect match. Try as Putin might...can't fool matter how much cosmetic surgery he has!! LOL

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Anonymous Oct. 30, 2010, 6:34 a.m.    

The never ending KGB command from the kremlin is to attack the Diaspora because they know the truth, are not brainwashed, and were not forced to be russified. Just the kremlin’s standard policy - divide and conquer. The kremlin has been trying to provoke the UKRAINIANS living in Ukraine against the UKRAINIANS living elsewhere. The kremlin has been provoking Eastern UKRAINIANS against Western UKRAINIANS hoping to start a civil war so that UKRAINIANS will kill UKRAINIANS; then the kremlin can send in their red army to occupy and enslave Ukraine again, and &quot;protect&quot; their “russian citizens” that they gave passports to.

{When the kremlin gave passports to the Abkhazia and South Ossetia people, did that make them russian?}

You must have nightmares and start foaming at the mouth when you think about the 10,000,000's of UKRAINIANS that live in the Diaspora and that do not speak russian, and do not want to learn the language of the people that occupied UKRAINE and enslaved UKRAINIANS - FOR CENTURIES.

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Anonymous Oct. 30, 2010, 2:43 p.m.    

these girls are great love it, they have the balls to stand up for what they believe in

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Anonymous Oct. 30, 2010, 8:30 p.m.    

If PORA supported Kostenko then Kostenko would have had over 3%, UKRAINE would have had a TRUE UKRAINIAN PATRIOT in the &quot;Verchovna Rada&quot;, and yanukovych would have had less seats in the &quot;Verchovna Rada&quot;. Because, the votes that were cast by the UKRAINIANS that voted for Kostenko and PORA were divided by the parties that exceeded 3%. The kremlin has been using the age old tactic of &quot;divide and conquer&quot; and UKRAINIANS KEEP FALLING FOR &quot;THE SAME OLD SONG&quot;.

In the Star Wars movies - there was the Dark Force. Well, all of the dark forces in UKRAINE (and the KGB kremlin) supported yanukovych in one solid block, and convinced many useful idiots to vote for yanukovych. Meanwhile, the UKRAINIAN vote was split between many UKRAINIAN parties that were directly, or indirectly funded by the KGB. The KGB gave many small UKRAINIAN political parties 10,000,000's $$$ to divide the UKRAINIAN vote, knowing that they will not achieve the 3% threshold and that a portion of that UKRAINIAN vote will go to yanukovych.

The UKRAINIANS that voted against all (&quot;proty vcix&quot;) also voted for yanukovych.

If you look at a statistical map of the UKRAINIANS that voted against all (&quot;proty vcix&quot;), you will see that in Eastern and Southern UKRAINE the % of UKRAINIANS that voted against all (&quot;proty vcix&quot;) decreased/increased by about only -30% to +10%, while in Western UKRAINE and Central UKRAINE the % of UKRAINIANS that voted against all (&quot;proty vcix&quot;) increased by about 100% to 1,190%. There was a prolonged campaign that ALL of the politicians were bad and UKRAINIANS need &quot;new faces&quot; in politics. This is where yanukovych pulled the &quot;Tigipko Card&quot; also. I was amazed at the amount of votes that Tigipko received.

Did UKRAINIANS forget that Tigipko was yanukovych's right hand man during the 2004 election fraud? Tigipko is just another yanukovych clone, and a vote for Tigipko (Tihipko?) is a vote for yanukovych.

PS I am sure that UKRAINIAN students that are members of PORA (and others) will read my comment and understand. I have met hundreds of UKRAINIAN students and I have found ALL of them to be very intelligent, and I was amazed as to the amount of UKRAINIAN students that read and spoke English.

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Anonymous Oct. 31, 2010, 2:35 a.m.    

Agree 100%. Well said.

Can we please see an all out assault to expose the deep rooted prejudice Easterners have towards Ukrainian language and culture? Let's be honest now, this is what is really needed but rarely gets talked about because of the discourse is being controlled by the Mallorossy.

Every nationaly conscious politician should go on the talk shows, the airwaves, and repeatedly ask: &quot;why do you object so much against not just yourselve's, but your CHILDREN learning Ukrainian? What is it about the language and culture you deplore?&quot;

It is like the ugly racism that existed and still exists in America regarding blacks and other visible minorities. You cannot pussy foot around the issue and be polite about it, you must expose it and deal with it head on!!!!!

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Anonymous Oct. 31, 2010, 4:53 p.m.    

Cossacks often went into battle bare chested... go girls go!

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Anonymous Nov. 1, 2010, 12:13 a.m.    

Those harpies would benefit from a good old fashioned spanking. Perhaps Mr. Putin would be willing to lend a hand in such an endeavor.

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