09:39 29.07.2013

Kyiv court fines three FEMEN activists, Russian correspondent

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Kyiv court fines three FEMEN activists, Russian correspondent

A court in Kyiv has fined Russian reporter Dmitry Kostyukov and three activists of the FEMEN movement, detained on Saturday, defense attorney Yaroslav Yatsenko told Interfax-Ukraine on Sunday.

"The activists have been each fined UAH 85 and Kostyukov UAH 136," he told Interfax-Ukraine.

"The hearings lasted long, the FEMEN activists testified, and then two policemen were questioned as witnesses, who claimed that the women had been walking around topless," he said.

"But their evidence broke apart as one of the witnesses did not recognize Kostyukov, while the other recognized Kostyukov bit did not recognize the activists," Yatsenko said.

Another Femen activist provided written evidence, saying she that she saw unidentified people from the window, that they beat up Kostyukov and the activists, placed them into a police van and drove off.

The Kyiv police said on Saturday that three topless women and a young man with a camera who was accompanying them, were detained on charges of petty hooliganism and disobedience. They said that the three and the young man were holding an action near a shopping center and that Kostyukov attacked the police.

The FEMEN women's organization, meanwhile, reported the abduction of its three activists and a reporter in Kyiv on Saturday.

"An organized group has just attacked three FEMEN activists and a reporter who were leaving an apartment building to participate in a protest action," the movement said.

It claimed the activists and the photo reporter were beaten near the house and forced into a car. "Oksana Shachko, Oleksandra Shevchenko, Yana Zhdanova and Dmytro Kostyukov were taken away in an unknown direction. We cannot get in touch with them," FEMEN said.

The city police department said no one had made an abduction statement.

"We do not have this information," the Kyiv police told Interfax-Ukraine.

Earlier in the day FEMEN reported an attack on its leader, Hanna Hutsol, in the lobby of her own home. A robust man hit the girl with a fist in her face, grabbed her dog, Spitz Fima, and ran away, it said.

Interfax-Ukraine has learned that Sunday's court hearings started two hours later than planned. Journalists were not allowed into the courtroom.

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