The Kyiv Post has reported that the leader of a Ukrainian group of topless feminist protesters has been barred from Russia.
It came shortly before members of Femen were attacked in Paris for breaking up a demonstration by Catholics against same-sex marriage.
The Femen leader, Hanna Hutsol, was prohibited from entering Russia at St. Petersburg's Pulkovo airport on a flight from Paris. She faces deportation.
Femen invariably generates enormous publicity from its topless protests, including the one in Paris today.
Femen protesters are attacked in Paris (some nudity).
One of the organizers, Inna Shevchenko, explained at a recent seminar in the City of Lights that her group is opposed to prostitution.
"We are attacking the sex industry, censorship, and the church religions," she explained.
Shevchenko revealed that members of the group began removing their T-shirts in 2010 because no one reacted to their protests over the previous two years. Taking off their clothes, she said, was a way for women to demonstrate they have control over their bodies.
Inna Shevchenko explains why Femen protesters go topless.
Femen activists characterized today's event in Paris as "a homophobic Catholic demonstration", which is why they intervened.
They entered the crowd dressed as nuns before peeling off their habits and chanting, "In gay we trust." This caused a furious reaction.
Femen faces the fury of some French Catholics (some nudity).
The feminist group undergoes intense training in advance of its actions. The video below provides some insights into this area.
Femen members take their training seriously (some nudity).