Femen Political Asylum: Leader Inna Shevchenko Says France Granted Her Sanctuary

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Finally, France does something right for a change… 

 

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 07/08/2013 1:30 pm EDT  |  Updated: 07/08/2013 1:30 pm EDT

 
 
 
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It seems Femen is moving to France.

Though the Ukrainian feminist movement — known for its topless demonstrations — already has a headquarters in the country, the group announced Monday that France also granted Femen leader Inna Shevchenko political asylum.

Femen revealed that France approved Shevchenko’s application in a post on its website.

Shevchenko described her request for asylum as a “strategic choice” since Femen moved its headquarters to France and also opened its first training camp for activists in Paris, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports.

Shevchenko sought sanctuary outside her home country — where she may face prosecution — after she used a chainsaw to cut down a memorial cross in Kiev during a demonstration in support of Pussy Riot last year. Following the incident, Shevchenko fled Ukraine for fear of being arrested.

The French department that grants protection to refugees refused to confirm Shevchenko’s asylum to the Agence France-Presse, labeling the matter “confidential.”

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