Femen presents documentary on topless movement at Venice
Six topless protesters show at film festival press conference04 September, 18:52
''(Leaving) was necessary, because politics and the Ukrainian secret service were attacking us very hard. Now our headquarters are in Paris and we have 10 other offices in the world,'' the leaders continued.
When asked about Victor, a figure in the documentary who appeared to maneuver Femen's actions, the Sasha said, ''Victor has not been a part of the movement for the last year. He did not found Femen. He was one of the few male components, and when Femen began to be more popular, he thought he could take up more space, perhaps because he is a man''.
''Dealing with a person like him made us realize even more how necessary it is to fight the patriarchy,'' Sasha explained.
''We are no longer under his crazy power, and now we work among women,'' Sasha concluded.
Femen was founded by Anna Hutsol in Kiev on April 10, 2008, initially to protest Ukrainian women being duped into going abroad under conditions that led to sexual exploitation. At first the group's protests were performed in provocative, skimpy clothes, but toplessness rapidly became its trademark after a Femen protester's toplessness received massive attention in August 2009 demonstration.
Femen's causes have also expanded over the years to include sexual tourism, religious institutions, sexism and other international and national topics.