After a lull in protests, FEMEN have returned with a vengeance. In an effort to try and quell the current political drama gripping the Ukraine between the current president Viktor Yanukovich and the former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, FEMEN got on top of a Police Wagon, went topless, and began to yell.
Bystanders helped FEMEN by distracting police long enough to allow the two activists, Inna Shevchenko and Oksana Shachko, to get on top of the wagon and undress. The police, surprisingly enough, were none to pleased with their actions and treated the women very brutally both in their removal and their current detention.
There has never been any love between FEMEN and Yulia Tymoshenko, but her arrest and subsequent detainment in Ukraine is nothing short of criminal. Of course, having one criminal organization go after another criminal organization, all the while calling one another criminal, is comical to no end, but the arrest of Yulia Tymoshenko has been widely viewed by the world as a step back from a Democracy and a step towards Tyranny. Even Russia’s Vladimir Putin stepped up by calling for her release. Not surprising, Ukraine’s current Oligarch Viktor Yanukovich is still unmoved in his resolve.
Trying to describe the current political strife in Ukraine between Viktor Yanukovich and Yulia Tymoshenko would take up 3 volumes of an encyclopedia, and still only barely scratch the surface. A good analogy would be to try and consider the most corrupt US official ever to make it into politics, then double their corruption and you would have something comparable to both Yulia and Viktor. When Yulia was prime minister, she didn’t hesitate to make trouble for Viktor, but now that Viktor is president, he has made Yulia’s life a living hell in every way possible, many of which completely illegal.
FEMEN have taken a position of finding a middle ground. The current situation is only painting Ukraine in a darker light, which isn’t helpful considering Ukraine is already almost black as night. While FEMEN haven’t made an official statement of yet, they have pointed out where anyone can find a complete list of all criminals currently in Ukraine’s government besides Viktor and Yulia (link) … and yes, that is a complete list of all Ukraine’s politicians.
Below are some pictures of the event taken from FEMEN’s livejournal blog, as well as a short video of the event itself.