Bloomberg: Ukrainian woman's rape stirs public 'vendetta'

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March 23, 2012, 8:31 a.m. |

A police officer detains topless activists from the group 'Femen' during their protest action at the entrance to the Prosecutor General's Office in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, March, 15, 2012. The activists demand penalty for rapists of a 19-year-old girl, a particularly violent crime that caused a reaction throughout Ukraine. Earlier this week, police detained three men who raped Oksana Makar, strangled and burnt her. Makar survived and is currently hospitalized in critical condition with both feet and right arm amputated.
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On March 10, a passer-by in the Southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, population 500,000, heard faint moaning from a construction site and alerted a cop. The policeman climbed through a hole in the fence andfound a sighthe is likely never to forget: a naked girl somebody had tried to burn alive. Oksana Makar, 18, was barely hanging on to life: Doctors later estimated that her burns affected 55 percent of her body. She had also been raped and half-strangled.

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