A RADICAL feminist from Ukraine has been found dead in her apartment in Paris.
Oksana Shachko hit headlines worldwide for her topless protests and attacks on world leaders including Vladimir Putin. Here’s more about the young woman.
Who was Oksana Shachko and what was Femen?
Oksana Shachko was a Ukrainian artist and activist with the group Femen.
She was one of the feminist group’s founders alongside Anna Hutsol and Alexandra Shevchenko.
Femen was founded in 2008 to initially protest about issues affecting female students but rapidly moved on to demonstrating against the sexual exploitation of Ukrainian women and sex tourism.
Initially the group gained attention by demonstrating in their underwear.
However, in August 2009 Shachko bared her breasts at a protest in Kiev.
Since then Femen activists have regularly protested ‘topless’, and broadened their agenda to women’s rights and civil rights in Ukraine and around the world.
Shachko was granted political refugee status by France in 2013 and until her death; she lived in Paris working as a painter.
How did she die?
The 31-year-old was found dead in her Paris apartment on July 23, 2018.
There has not been any immediate comment from Paris police or prosecutors about her cause of death and there have been no clues as to what killed her.
Local reports from Kiev, Ukraine suggest her lifeless body was discovered with a note apparently next to it, although this has not been confirmed by police.
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What were Oksana and the Femen movement known for?
The radical feminist protester hit the headlines after being regularly beaten-up and harassed because of her and the group’s attacks on world leaders including Russian president Vladimir Putin.
The Femen movement regularly challenged the policies of powerful groups and individuals.
In 2011, Femen claimed that Shachko was among three members ‘kidnapped’ by security agents and forced to strip naked in a forest after staging a topless protest mocking Belarussian strongman Alexander Lukashenko.
The agents had allegedly poured oil over the three women, threatened to set them on fire, and cut off their hair.
Shachko was abducted again in 2013 by unknown assailants during a visit by Putin to Ukraine, according to the group.
Femen’s lawyer said Shachko was beaten so badly that she was briefly hospitalised.
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