Topless protesters 'kidnapped' for Putin visit

Last updated 10:01 29/07/2013

STONG VIEWS: Activists from women's rights group Femen look out from a window during a court session in Kiev following their detention.

FEMEN STYLE: The Femen group has been staging topless protests across Europe.
HELD: Femen says activists and a photographer were detained.

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The Femen feminist group says its activists were beaten up and kidnapped pre-emptively when they were on their way to protest against the baptism celebrations and visits by Putin and Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill to Ukraine.

Ukrainian law enforcers did their best to shield Putin from the famous local - and now internationally active - topless protesters from the Femen women's rights group.

Kiev police said on Saturday (local time) they had detained three Femen activists and a photographer from Russia who was with them, as they posed for pictures in public, bare to the waist.

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- Reuters

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