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All Is Revealed – Femen Founder Is A Man

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Well as I hinted in an earlier blog post, this was common knowledge.  Although even I never expected this to be revealed in a documentary titled ‘Ukraine Is Not A Brothel’ which was supposed to be a step forward for the Femen movement.

Named as Victor Svyatski, when speaking about the women in the film he is quoted as saying “They don’t have the strength of character. They don’t even have the desire to be strong. Instead, they show submissiveness, spinelessness, lack of punctuality, and many other factors which prevent them from becoming political activists. These are qualities which it was essential to teach them.”

Nobody can deny that the women in the movement (visually at least) are indeed some of Ukraine’s finest.  This was no coincidence though.  When asked whether he started Femen “to get girls”, he replies: “Perhaps yes, somewhere in my deep subconscious.”

Revelations about them being ‘paid to protest’ are also tarnishing the movements image.  This is nothing new in Ukraine.  In fact most major organisations and political parties are guilty of such things.  But where things differ here is the fact that people expected more from a movement such as Femen.  Organisations such as this rely on integrity.  It is the foundations upon which they base themselves and their principles upon.

One of the Femen campaigners compares the relationship between the women and the movement’s founder to “Stockholm syndrome”, in which hostages feel sympathy for their captors.  “We are psychologically dependent on him and even if we know and understand that we could do this by ourselves without his help, it’s psychological dependence,” she says.

Naturally. people are now viewing Victor Svyatski as Ukraines answer to Benny Hill albeit with a bit more intelligence.  However, I feel the blame for this can’t be thrown at his feet totally.  The women in Femen are as guilty, if not more so.

What can I say?  It’s been a strange week for Femen.  One step forward and two steps back…



Written by Dean O'Brien

September 5, 2013 at 10:35 am

Posted in Ukraine

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  1. I fear you have gone down the #RedTop route, choosing to ignore what has already been communicated to you:


    September 5, 2013 at 10:45 am

    • Like all my blog posts, I’ve just written things how I see them. I read the link you sent me, but I would like to know your personal opinion on this

      Dean O'Brien

      September 5, 2013 at 10:53 am

      • Even if he was an opportunist, I think the concept has worked, and will continue to be a success, without his continued involvement..

        He has paid a price, having been assaulted when he was with them in Odessa, yet nobody seemed to connect the dots at the time, even though they were fairly obvious.

        Moving forward, I have noticed Anna Hutsol seems to have gone to the background: whereas a week ago she was the spokesperson, or are they just becoming more savvy PR wise?

        Not too many Venice Film press events are so well attended!


        September 5, 2013 at 11:08 am

      • I just saw this from Germany: a rather supportive tone struck as FEMEN move forward.


        September 5, 2013 at 11:19 am

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