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'Topless' Ukrainians may face jail for insulting Indian flag [in Ukraine]
PTI ^ | February 18, 2012 | PTI

Posted on 02/18/2012 9:53:10 AM PST by James C. Bennett

MOSCOW: The Ukrainian women activists who tore up the Indian flag in a topless act in Kiev last month to protest India's reported tightening of visa rules for young women from Ukraine may land in jail for up to four years.

Carrying placards that read "Ukraine is not brothel" and "I am not prostitute", the women had climbed up to the balcony of the Indian ambassador's residence in the Ukrainian capital, after stripping up to the waist braving sub-zero temperatures to lodge a novel protest.

They were enraged over the Indian Foreign Ministry's reported instructions to carry out detailed checks of all Ukrainian women aged 15 to 40 seeking Indian travel visas.

An Indian media report had said that the move by New Delhi was aimed at checking the growing prostitute rackets involving women from Central Asian nations.

Russian news agency 'RIA Novosti' said, "In a first, Ukrainian topless protesters 'Femen' face a criminal case in their home country, though not over their practice of stripping in public for a good cause."

The protesters tore down the Indian flag, beat it about doors and windows and threw it on the ground. Despite temperatures of minus 4 degrees Celsius, all of them were topless.

The incident resulted in two cases opened on separate charges of hooliganism and desecration of state symbols, Ukrainian police said. No one was charged as of last evening.

Femen, media darlings due to their methods of protests, have been active since 2008, staging political protests in Ukraine and outside the country. The group declared freedom of speech and protection of women's rights as its goals.

Group members never faced criminal cases before, getting away with fines or brief arrests.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: centralasia; easterneurope; femen; india; ttiwwp; ukraine

Ukrainian women activists, who tore up the Indian flag in a topless act in Kiev last month to protest India's reported tightening of visa rules for young women from Ukraine, may land in jail.

1 posted on 02/18/2012 9:53:26 AM PST by James C. Bennett
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To: James C. Bennett

Because nothing says “I am not a prostitute” like stripping to the waist.


2 posted on 02/18/2012 9:58:37 AM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: James C. Bennett

This could become an udder catastrophe....


3 posted on 02/18/2012 9:59:36 AM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: James C. Bennett; mikrofon; martin_fierro
the women had climbed up to the balcony of the Indian ambassador's residence in the Ukrainian capital, after stripping up to the waist. . . .

Ukraine your neck to look at them.

after stripping up to the waist braving sub-zero temperatures to lodge a novel protest.

As well as a navel protest.

4 posted on 02/18/2012 9:59:56 AM PST by Charles Henrickson
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To: James C. Bennett

It was reported that there was a nip in the air.


5 posted on 02/18/2012 10:01:28 AM PST by 1raider1
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To: James C. Bennett

They can make their points better in cooler weather.


6 posted on 02/18/2012 10:01:28 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. We have ideas-the Dems only have ideology.)
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To: James C. Bennett

I expect the Indian government is congratulating itself on having made the right decision.


7 posted on 02/18/2012 10:01:28 AM PST by Tax-chick (I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's. His hair was perfect!)
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To: James C. Bennett

http://photogallery.indiatimes.com/news/world/topless-babes-stage-protest/articleshow/11640554.cms


8 posted on 02/18/2012 10:23:27 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: James C. Bennett

Can you imagine living in a country that is so bad, that women travel to India to be prostitutes? Poverty-stricken India of all places? Ukraine is a third world hell hole, that just happens to be in Europe.


9 posted on 02/18/2012 10:23:41 AM PST by pinochet
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To: James C. Bennett

Topless in a Ukrainian winter? Yikes!


10 posted on 02/18/2012 10:24:39 AM PST by DemforBush (Six o'clock in *Berlin*. They were having lunch in Cleveland.)
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To: exit82; 1raider1

Come for the photos, stay for the drollery.


11 posted on 02/18/2012 10:24:51 AM PST by rogue yam
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To: 1raider1; exit82; Charles Henrickson

You guys are B-A-A-A-A-A-D!
:)

Naughty, naughty.


12 posted on 02/18/2012 10:28:32 AM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Charles Henrickson; James C. Bennett; martin_fierro
Ukrainian topless protesters 'Femen' face a criminal case in their home country

Of all people, they should know that Crimea does not pay...

13 posted on 02/18/2012 10:29:19 AM PST by mikrofon (< /BobHope>)
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To: mikrofon

An American reporter who got injured in a scuffle with one of the protestors bemoaned: “That Ukraine girl really knocked me out, why’d I leave the West behind!”


14 posted on 02/18/2012 10:36:47 AM PST by mikrofon (< /FabFour>)
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To: mikrofon

re: “An American reporter who got injured in a scuffle with one of the protestors bemoaned: “That Ukraine girl really knocked me out, why’d I leave the West behind!”

Another reporter disagreed replying, “But Moscow girls make me sing and shout - but Georgia’s always on my mind mind mind mind mind mind - mind”


15 posted on 02/18/2012 10:43:18 AM PST by rusty schucklefurd
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To: exit82
They can make their points better in cooler weather.

E.g., in Moscow last week to protest Gazprom. Temp was -22°C (-8°F).

As for their points, check 'em out at high resolution, courtesy of Cryptome.org. These girls get around. Cryptome also has recent photos from Zurich and Davos.

16 posted on 02/18/2012 10:52:06 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: James C. Bennett
American activists who tore up pictures of president Obama and his banners may face jail for insulting the president...

Well, just because it hasn't happened yet?!?!

17 posted on 02/18/2012 10:54:27 AM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Paladin2; cynwoody

I was gonna say “pics or it never happened!” But I’m proven wrong. ^_^


18 posted on 02/18/2012 11:06:31 AM PST by hawaiianninja (Palm note to self: Work for a succesful 2012! +Throw the garbage out!)
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To: cynwoody

Those girls need a cheeseburger or two. I’ve got bigger boobs than some of them!


19 posted on 02/18/2012 11:09:40 AM PST by Larry Lucido (My doctor told me to curtail my Walpoling activities.)
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To: raybbr

It hasn’t happened yet but then again the Germans of 1933 did not believe that this type of action or speech against their Fuehrer would land them in jail either; it did.


20 posted on 02/18/2012 12:09:50 PM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: A_perfect_lady

In Russia they call them FEMEN Activists , they protest topless everywhere and against everything ,the last protest posted on “English Russia” site was against hockey LOL


21 posted on 02/18/2012 12:12:19 PM PST by molson209
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To: Larry Lucido

Yeah, but do you have bigger balls? Metaphorically speaking of course.


22 posted on 02/18/2012 12:15:33 PM PST by meatloaf (Support House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: cynwoody

Well done.
And honestly much better looking than the feminazis of the USA.


23 posted on 02/18/2012 12:19:12 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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Tired of the disruptions?


24 posted on 02/18/2012 12:21:10 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: Tax-chick

Smart move on the part of India. Keep the perpetual protest crowd out of your society.


25 posted on 02/18/2012 12:51:55 PM PST by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: cynwoody

Dang, -22 cel. is a bit chilly for that sort of thing. I hope that last gal didn’t get stuck to the metal fence!


26 posted on 02/18/2012 1:08:05 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: pinochet
About 0.1% of people in India are extremely wealthy and don't mind spending decent bucks for exotic blonde girls. It's also common in arab countries.

Ukraine has some of the most beautiful and poor white girls in the world. Sex tourism/trade is rampant there.

I was born in Ukraine and went back a few times. 90% of the girls I met in city centers were prostitutes or tried pretending they were not. I even met many in the US who I found out later to be illegal immigrant prostitutes.

Many are smart and good people but only could escape the poverty of their villages through prostitution. They send money back to their families who otherwise could barely afford food. I met one girl whose young siblings never tried candy until she became a prostitute and bought some for them. So sad what communism and corruption has done to these people...

27 posted on 02/18/2012 1:21:28 PM PST by varyouga
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To: rusty schucklefurd

Most American ‘journolists’ approve of things-

“Back in the US, back in the US, back in the USSA*...”


28 posted on 02/18/2012 1:39:10 PM PST by mikrofon (* United Socialist States of America)
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To: meatloaf

Most Ukes are pretty brave, particularly in the capital city.

Not many there chicken, Kiev...


29 posted on 02/18/2012 1:43:58 PM PST by mikrofon (Or you can try the veal ;)
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To: James C. Bennett

...they leave the West behind...


30 posted on 02/18/2012 1:45:29 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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