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Femen Activists Cut Down Cross In Kyiv

A Femen activist uses a chainsaw to cut down an Orthodox cross in Kyiv on August 17.
A Femen activist uses a chainsaw to cut down an Orthodox cross in Kyiv on August 17.

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Ukrainian activists from the Femen movement have cut down a cross in central Kyiv in a gesture of solidarity with the members of the Russian feminist performance-art group Pussy Riot, on trial in Moscow.

The cross -- erected during Ukraine's 2004-05 Orange Revolution in memory of the victims of communism -- was located near the International Center for Culture and Arts in Kyiv. A topless Femen activist used a chainsaw to cut down the cross.

Femen said in a statement, "On the day of the sentencing, the Femen women's movement expresses its support and respect for its Russian colleagues from the group Pussy Riot. ... By this act, Femen calls on all healthy forces of society to mercilessly saw out of their heads all the rotten religious prejudice that serves as a foundation for dictatorship and prevents the development of democracy and women's freedom."

The three women from Pussy Riot have been charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after performing what they called a "punk prayer" at a landmark Moscow church in February.

The women deny intending to offend believers, arguing the February 21 protest was part of a broad movement against Vladimir Putin's decision to return to the Kremlin as president for a third term.

A verdict is expected shortly.
The cross falls
The cross falls

Based on reporting by RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service, Interfax, and RT
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by: Larry from: Ireland
August 19, 2012 03:46
I think that the action by the Ukrainian feminist was brave but probably ill-advised. Presumably she will be prosecuted for her action and will not be popular in the Ukraine so it probably took courage and she will have to pay the consequences. Of course fighting for womans rights and against dictatorship is right and I do agree that the symbol of the cross has been used to psychologically oppress people over the centuries and now. But the cross has also been also a symbol of hope and comfort too for many and cutting down the cross in this case can be easily misinterpreted and used against your cause. But full marks for being brave and maybe some good will come out of it.

by: Anonymous
August 20, 2012 03:57
to femen & riot: \m/

by: victor from: pittsburgh
August 20, 2012 16:19
I used to think of FEMEN as girls with guts. Lately, however, they appear to be bitches without brains. Just how does defacing a memorial to Stalin's victims support the fight against Putin's dictatorship? Girls, your actions have become annoying and your bear-breasted schtick is just plain boring. Find yourself some intelligent leadership that can create a well directed, innovative protest, or find yourself a new hobby.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
August 30, 2012 11:37
The were not any Stalin's victims, you lying -
only victims of Russia!
All CIS kinows it, including Putin's Russia -
it is why Putin demolished it!
Ukraine knows it, including local Russians -
it is why Yanukovich demolished it!
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