Ready to stand up and stand out for justice despite severe frosts, FEMEN activists have staged a new provocative stunt against the yoke of Russia’s gas giant.
Fearless and topless, the Ukrainian girls took off their clothes in front of the Gazprom building in Moscow, holding banners saying “Stop gas racket!” and “Snub Gazprom!”
One of the activists even managed to climb the roof of the Gazprom’s checkpoint, waving the Ukrainian flag before security guards brought her down. The girl was detained and is now in a local police office.
In this way, the girls voiced their protest against “Vladimir Putin’s gas moguls from Gazprom manipulating European countries that depend on Russia’s gas supplies.”
FEMEN official blog says that the activists are outraged by Russia’s “gas terror” against Ukraine coinciding with the coldest period of the year.
The organization is also protesting against “Russia’s gas pressure, price monopoly, takeover of national gas transportation, and forcing gas-depending countries into dead-born political and economic unions.”
The FEMEN movement has made its name by carrying out politically-motivated naked protests at home in Ukraine and in countries throughout Europe.
Not all of their demonstrations ended peacefully. In December 2011, three Ukrainian FEMEN activists protesting in Minsk against Belarus’ long-ruling president were kidnapped by Belarusian KGB officers. The protesters said the officers threatened them with knives, cut their hair and then left the women alone and naked in the woods.
On January 16, Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice refused to register FEMEN as an official political movement, claiming its position is extremist.