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Boob job: FEMEN activist reveals topless protesters’ $1,000 salaries

Published time: September 21, 2012 15:30
Edited time: September 21, 2012 19:30
Topless activists of the Ukrainian women movement Femen protest against anti women's politic near the official Femen Centre opening today in Paris, on September 18, 2012 in Paris.  (AFP Photo/Kenzo Tirbouillard)

Topless activists of the Ukrainian women movement Femen protest against anti women's politic near the official Femen Centre opening today in Paris, on September 18, 2012 in Paris. (AFP Photo/Kenzo Tirbouillard)

Each new recruit to the Ukrainian feminist movement FEMEN, famous for their topless stunts, has to show off her breasts to audition for the role, according to firsthand experience by a TV journalist who flashed in order to infiltrate the group.

­The woman told tsn.ua website that she had to agree to be photographed topless in order to be admitted to FEMEN and be kept abreast of their activities.

“It’s required so that I know that you’re ready to strip down,” the woman quoted Aleksandra Shevchenko, the movement’s leader, as saying. The women describe themselves as “sextremists”. However, the Ukrainian government considers them extremists.

The undercover FEMEN “activist” also received instructions on how to behave in the thick of the action. Soon after she became member of the movement she was sent to Paris to take part in another topless stunt, this time around in a Muslim district of Paris.

AFP Photo/Kenzo Tirbouillard
AFP Photo/Kenzo Tirbouillard

­According to the journalist-turned-FEMEN-protester, the expenses of each member of the risqué Parisian operation allegedly came to at least US$1,300, including the airplane tickets, hotel, taxis and food.

In fact, Ukraine’s FEMEN feminist protesters are now officially based in the French capital. The group’s headquarters were registered in France. Their objective there is to fight discrimination against women. They plan to tackle the issue by wearing slogans urging Muslim women to strip.

A topless activist of the Ukrainian women movement Femen inaugurates with an electric saw the official Femen Centre, the Lavoir Modern Parisien, a former theater, opening today in Paris, on September 18, 2012 in Paris. (AFP Photo/Kenzo Tirbouillard)
A topless activist of the Ukrainian women movement Femen inaugurates with an electric saw the official Femen Centre, the Lavoir Modern Parisien, a former theater, opening today in Paris, on September 18, 2012 in Paris. (AFP Photo/Kenzo Tirbouillard)

­"We have obtained the registration, which means that France’s government doesn’t mind our existence and operation in the country," Irina Shevchenko told Voice of Russia.

FEMEN moved to France because it has a large Muslim Community. The movement’s leader had to relocate to Paris, fearing arrest after sawing down a cross in the center of Kiev.

Meanwhile, it turns out that running FEMEN’s office in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, allegedly costs the movement over $2,500 monthly. On top of this, each member’s salary allegedly comes to around $1,000.

AFP Photo/Kenzo Tirbouillard
AFP Photo/Kenzo Tirbouillard

­The TV program aired on Ukraine’s 1+1 Channel that sent their journalist to investigate FEMEN’s activities reportedly made a conclusion that “the bare breasts of the feminists covers up somebody’s money and political interests.” They made further assumptions that among their sponsors could be the founder of the Kiev Post media, Jed Sunden – a German millionaire – or a German businesswoman who has often been seen in the company of the Ukrainian feminists.

The FEMEN movement of female Ukrainian protesters has a flair for topless stunts. Some of their recent activities included the "Strip it" protest against the Euro 2012 football championships, a topless protest in the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square and naked demonstrations for "freedom" in Ukraine.

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