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Women in the world's spotlight 2012 (13)

People's Daily Online)  15:24, January 31, 2013  

Inna Shevchenko   On 17 August 2012, following the conviction and sentencing in Moscow (Russia) of Pussy Riot, core FEMEN member Inna Shevchenko used a chainsaw to cut down a five-meter Christian cross near Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kiev. A criminal case was opened against FEMEN charging them with hooliganism. After the cut down of the cross, Inna Shevchenko left the country and went to Paris to set up a French based FEMEN training center for activists.

Founded in 2008, FEMEN is a feminist Ukrainian protest group based in Kiev. The organization became internationally known for organizing topless protests against sex tourists, religious institutions, international marriage agencies, sexism and other social, national and international topics. In October 2012, the organization claimed it had about 40 topless activists in Ukraine, and another 100 had joined their protests abroad.(

Edited and translated by Zhang Qian, People's Daily Online

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