FEMEN activist gets political asylum in France
FEMEN activist Inna Shevchenko, who cut down a memorial cross in central Kyiv in 2012, has received documents granting her political asylum in France, the press service of the women's rights group reported on Monday.
According to the group's press service, after Shevchenko left Ukraine, she "launched violent revolutionary activity in Paris."
In particular, according to the group, she opened an "international training camp for FEMEN sextremists" in the center of the French capital.
As reported, on August 17, 2012, Ukrainian activists from the FEMEN women's rights movement cut down a cross commemorating Stalin-era reprisal victims in central Kyiv to express their solidarity with the Pussy Riot all-female punk group's three performers, who were sentenced by a Moscow court to two years in prison each for their "punk prayer" at the Cathedral of the Christ the Savior.
Kyiv police opened a criminal case under an article on hooliganism, but failed to detain anyone.
On August 18, 2012 activists of various oppositional political forces and public organizations installed a new cross to replace the one that was cut down.
On September 5, 2012 it was reported that the FEMEN leader, Inna Shevchenko, had left Ukraine for France.
On October 17, at a meeting with the clergy and religious organizations, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych described the sawing down of a cross in central Kyiv as barbarism and demanded that law enforcers strictly respond to such actions.