A Ukrainian activist from FEMEN who bared her breasts before the Russian Orthodox Patriarch has been sentenced to 15-days by a Ukrainian court.
As the Russian Orthodox Church’s leader alighted from a flight at Borispol Airport, Kiev, he was confronted by the bare-breasted figure of FEMEN activist Yana Zhdanova. The Washington Post reported Zhdanova tried to throw herself at the Church leader.
The activist, who had the words "Kill Kirill" written on her back, managed to get within meters of a startled-looking Patriarch Kirill, the Moscow Times reported.
According to the Daily Star the protest was engineered to gain attention to the plight of three detained members of Pussy Riot, who risk a Russian prison sentence after singing a song hostile to the Russian President Vladimir Putin from a pulpit of Moscow’s main cathedral. FEMEN said it "accused the Patriarch of being behind the illegal arrest of anti-Vladimir Putin activists."
Upon receiving her 15-day sentence Zhdanova said "The court took this decision under the influence of Ukrainian Security Service workers and prosecutors, who were constantly in attendance during questioning and in the courtroom, threatening me with pressing criminal charges and a prison sentence."
FEMEM have gained international notoriety for their topless protests which critics have slammed as tacky.