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'Kill Kirill': Topless FEMEN activist attacks Russian Patriarch (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Published time: July 26, 2012 11:36
Edited time: July 26, 2012 22:52

Security guards detain a FEMEN activist as she protests against the visit of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill (2rd R), to Ukraine in Borispol airport, near the Ukrainian capital of Kiev July 26, 2012 (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

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A topless activist from confrontational group FEMEN has attacked Russian Patriarch Kirill during his visit to Ukraine.

­Yana Zhdanova ran up to Patriarch Kirill screaming "Get out" and tried to block his way as he was reportedly walking towards the press at Kiev Airport.

The FEMEN member had “Kill Kirill” painted on her back and was protesting against “anti-state activities of the patriarch” and the arrest of anti-Putin activists, the FEMEN’s online Livejournal blog explains.

“Regrettably, people are trying to stain the Patriarch’s visit to Ukraine through these stunts,” the head of the patriarch’s press service, Deacon Alexander Volkov, said, adding that such incidents are not new and signal “a deep spiritual crisis in some social circles.”

The activist has been sentenced to 15 days behind bars for the assault.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia arrived in Kiev on Thursday at the start of a three-day visit to Ukraine dedicated to the Baptism of Rus Day, a holiday shared by both Russians and Ukrainians.

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

Reuters / Gleb Garanich
Reuters / Gleb Garanich
Reuters / Gleb Garanich
Reuters / Gleb Garanich

Comments (4)


herr-lehnsherr 23.10.2013 05:32

Also in the U.S most people don't know the difference between the Russian Orthadox and the Roman Catholic Church. So I highly doubt they would care enough to have anything to do with this.Also the term "Zionist" means some one in favor of the existance of the state of Israel existing. The English is unforchantely an attempt to appeal to international media and an attempt to force preassure from outside sources. Despite the intence corruption of the U.S government, and the C.I.A, um, it's run by Jews. The majority of the people in the government are some sort of Protestant.


herr-lehnsherr 23.10.2013 05:20

As a woman from the US, this is embarassing. I mean that you think these people have any thing to do with us.

Look, I really don't care what other people believe in regards to religion as long as they leave every one alone and play nice. I know a lot of my Country men and most of my government isn't like that.

And for that I am truly sorry. But people in the Unites States of America think these women are a joke, well most of them.

As for the Paranoid and quite frankly dusturbing anti-semetic and homophobic comments? "The Jews" do not the run the media, neither do "The Homosexauls". Not even in the U.S.A.


MatzBlatz 22.08.2013 06:09

It's funny, she's the one naked, but it's those men that look the most ridiculous.

Kirill? Seriously? It's like some James Bond villain.

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