Topless Ukranian Protester Cuts Down Cross With Chainsaw In Support Of Pussy Riot

Do you ever get the feeling that other countries are better at protesting than we are?

The reason I ask is that after three members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years each in jail yesterday for storming a church in Moscow and daring to sing a song in protest of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a member of the Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN — which is known for staging topless protests — took a chainsaw to a massive Orthodox cross in Kiev, camera crew in tow, with the words “Free Riot” painted across her chest and arms.

The activist, Inna Shevchenko, then proceeded to pose like Jesus being crucified in the place where the cross had fallen.

So. Not that it’s a competition or anything, but Russia and Ukraine just kind of kicked the rest of the worlds’ ass in terms of making a political point. And once again, for the record, hot women can look hot and simultaneously do lots of other awesome stuff.

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    • ikea

      Apparently the cross was put up in 2005 as a monument to the victims of Stalin. Kind of ironic, no? This is as much a militant atheist statement as a political one. Also ironic that the USSR also practiced militant atheism.

      • Cate

        Maybe she was trying to suggest that putting up a monument to the victims of Stalin was meaningless until there were no more victims of Putin?

        That’s what I hope at least. If it was really meant as a militant atheist statement it makes me sad. I’m a die-hard atheist but I don’t think people should go around shoving their religious beliefs or lack thereof down people’s throats.

    • Osteopathosaurus

      This whole thing deeply saddens and upsets me (as it should anyone with 2 functional neurons to rub together) but watching this video the physician side of me has this to say:
      Ladies of FEMEN (or any protestors with long hair): Please tie your hair back next time you use a chainsaw in a protest (or ever, I guess). Yeah the whole thing was pretty bad ass but it would’ve taken 2 seconds to wrap all that up in a bun so you didn’t get a chunk ripped out and you would’ve still looked feminine and hardcore protest-y. Thank you.
      But yeah, along the same lines as the 2 previous comments, it seems to me cutting down a cross is a little misguided here… I haven’t been keeping up very well with the whole thing but wouldn’t a more appropriate target for protest be the Russian government? They’re the ones who handed down this crappy decision and to me the whole thing seems to be clouded by the religious implications when that isn’t the issue at all.

    • Holden

      Also: why topless?