Topless women confront Putin in protest


A man looks at a banner with portraits of (left to right) Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, Russian Prime Minister Putin and a sign reading "Next in line" during an authorized opposition rally at Pushkinskaya Square in Moscow on March 13, 2011.


Andrey Smirnov

It is one thing to hold a naked anti-government protest from the safety of your college campus. It is quite another to insult your lawmakers to their faces while you are naked. One brave group of topless women in Germany did just that, storming toward Russian President Vladimir Putin and shouting "dictator." They were quickly whisked away by security, BBC News reported

The demonstration took place during Putin's tour of the Hanover Trade Fair with Angela Merkel.

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The women are part of an activist group called Femen that say they are fighting against the Russian Orthodox church, Putin and other lawmakers, as well as “dictatorship, homophobia and theocracy," as the Telegraph explains

Putin, for his part, announced that he didn't mind the protest. "Regarding this performance, I liked it," Putin said in a joint news conference with Merkel. "I did not see anything terrible in [the protest], though I think … it is better to be dressed if one wants to discuss political matters."