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    Belgian police on Friday arrested four activists of Ukraine’s Femen movement attempting to hold a topless protest in Brussels where the Russia-EU summit is underway, the EUbusiness news portal reported.

    MOSCOW, December 21 (RIA Novosti) - Belgian police on Friday arrested four activists of Ukraine’s Femen movement attempting to hold a topless protest in Brussels where the Russia-EU summit is underway, the EUbusiness news portal reported.

    Shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived at EU headquarters for talks with EU president Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso, four Femen activists began walking towards the EU building.

    The women, who were stripped to the waist and painted with protest messages, shouted anti-Putin slogans.

    “The 'Putin Is the Apocalypse' protest lasted only minutes,” the portal said, adding that the women were “thrown to the ground by a dozen burly police” and hauled off in a police van.

    The protest caused no disruption to the summit.

    Ukraine's radical feminist movement Femen was established in 2008 and devoted mainly to protests on women’s issues. Later the group made headlines for pro-democracy and anti-corruption protests in Russia, Ukraine and London.

     

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