Skip to comments.'Topless' Ukrainians may face jail for insulting Indian flag [in Ukraine]
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.
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.
Because nothing says “I am not a prostitute” like stripping to the waist.
This could become an udder catastrophe....
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.
It was reported that there was a nip in the air.
They can make their points better in cooler weather.
I expect the Indian government is congratulating itself on having made the right decision.
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.
Topless in a Ukrainian winter? Yikes!
Come for the photos, stay for the drollery.
You guys are B-A-A-A-A-A-D!
Of all people, they should know that Crimea does not pay...
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!”
re: “An American reporter who got injured in a scuffle with one of the protestors bemoaned: That Ukraine girl really knocked me out, whyd 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”
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.
Well, just because it hasn't happened yet?!?!
I was gonna say “pics or it never happened!” But I’m proven wrong. ^_^
Those girls need a cheeseburger or two. I’ve got bigger boobs than some of them!
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.