Kyiv police block FEMEN office in Kyiv

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Aug. 18, 2012, 4:56 p.m. | Kyiv — by Interfax-Ukraine

FEMEN activist on protest in London during the Olympic games.

The Ukrainian feminist movement FEMEN says the police blocked the organization's office in Kyiv following the sawing down of the cross in central Kyiv.

"The police launched a full-fledged hunt for FEMEN activists after the Interior Ministry's Main Department in Kyiv opened a criminal case on the basis of the sawing down of the cross in Maidan Nezalezhnosti. The Kyiv office of FEMEN […] was blocked by the Interior Ministry special troops all night," FEMEN said in a press release issued on Saturday.

FEMEN activists reiterate that they are "calm about the authorities' ardor to put them behind bars and are not at all sorry for what they have done and are ready for any development of the situation."

According to earlier reports, FEMEN activists sawed down a cross in central Kyiv located near the International Center for Culture and Arts (Zhovtnevy Palace) to express their solidarity and support of Pussy Riot on August 17.

A criminal case was opened on the basis of the article of the Ukrainian Criminal Code dealing with hooliganism. No one has been detained yet.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow patriarchate) condemned the FEMEN activists' action and called on the media and the public to ignore such actions.

The all-Ukrainian movement Svoboda and the all-Ukrainian public organization Vernoye Kazachestvo have expressed an intention to restore the cross.

On August 17, the Moscow Khamovnichesky Court sentenced three members of the feminist group Pussy Riot to two years in a penal colony for their stunt in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.


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Jenn Smith Aug. 19, 2012, 1:10 a.m.    

FEMEN have been infiltrated when a few provocateurs cut down the Cross in Kiev which was a memorial to the HOLODOMOR genocide of 11 million women, children, men under Marxist USSR regime.

What if they cut down the Star of David on a Jewish Synagogue? Would that be called "a humanitarian act", and if so, why didn't they?

Gives you an idea who the provocateurs who infiltrated FEMEN are, and what their Neo Marxist agenda inside FEMEN is.

Pussy Riot desecrated a building of a people who suffered genocide. Christians were a group targeted by Marxist USSR for genocide. 65 million people were killed in the Gulag extermination camps.

The Pussy Riot tries to go desecrate the church the persecuted people had rebuilt and call their victimization of a people who faced genocide, an "act of human rights". It is absurd and obscene beyond belief.

Imagine if they went to Auschwitz and urinated on the floor? Would that be "defended" by the ECHR Human Rights organization?

These violent vandal criminals attacked a persecuted group, Christians.




The world needs to know that they are carrying on the Neo Marxist genocide of Christian people.

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Robert Johnson Aug. 19, 2012, 5:34 a.m.    

One quibble: If FEMEN's action was due to a few agents provocateurs, then why do they appear to still be speaking with one voice in support of their action?

I would think such an action would prove highly divisive with FEMEN if it were due to infiltration, as unlike a riot in progress, the FEMEN regulars have plenty of time now to disavow what happened.

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 20, 2012, 2:12 a.m.    

The FEMEN "activists" are losing creibility with questions asked about their motive and who is paying their costs. They have become mercenaries with allegations that they are being hired for the form of their protest which is counter productive to their cause.

Whilst they may gain notoriety for their protest they may find that they cross the line.

The penalty dished out to pussy riot protestors was excessive for a first offence and hopefully it will be reduced on appeal.

If FEMEN are found to be guilty of vandalism and public disorder they could themselves find that the courts may not so forgiving as this would be seen as breach of previous undertakings and repeat offenders.

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