Thursday, July 26, 2012

Topless woman "confronts" Patriarch Kirill in Kyiv

Naked attacks are, of course, harder to defend against as a gun can be found on someone's person. A naked assailant, though, is just a clothed person who can undress quickly.

It is also worth noting that the news article seemingly ignored the words KILL KIRILL written on the woman's back. So if you want to call this free speech... inciting murder would seem to be an overstep.

(NBC News) - A topless woman confronted the head of the Russian Orthodox Church as he arrived in Kiev on Thursday in the latest in a string of eye-catching stunts pulled by a Ukrainian feminist group.

An activist from the Femen women's rights group rushed towards Patriarch Kirill with bared breasts, yelling "Get out!", the Russian state news agency reported, before she was bundled away by security guards.

The European Pressphoto Agency reported that the Femen protest aimed to highlight a demand for greater independence for Ukraine's main orthodox church, which still answers to the Moscow Patriarchate.

"Regrettably, people are trying to mar the Patriarch's visit to Ukraine through these stunts," the head of the patriarch's press service, Deacon Alexander Volkov, said, adding that such incidents signal "a deep spiritual crisis in some social circles."


  1. To apply a lesson from Elder Porphyrios: This woman would make an excellent follower of Christ should she ever hear and receive the Gospel. Pray that she does so that she can leave these murderous impulses behind.

  2. This article explains it all better.

    KIEV, Ukraine — A bare-breasted feminist activist bearing a threatening message on her body tried to attack the Russian Orthodox Church's leader Thursday to protest alleged anti-Ukrainian policies by the church and the Kremlin.
    The protester with the controversial Ukrainian women's rights movement Femen managed to get a meter (yard) within Patriarch Kirill at Kiev's airport, but was stopped by a security guard and a priest.
    The woman, identified by Femen as Yana Zhdanova, had the words "Kill Kirill" written on her back in large black letters and shouted a phrase from a religious ritual that aims to expel demons, roughly translated as "Kirill, go to hell."
    Police said the activist was being held at the airport and will soon be taken to court, where she may face a fine or several days in custody.
    The commotion highlighted the tension between Moscow and Kiev as Ukraine tries to move out of Russia's shadow politically, economically and spiritually.
    Ukraine's main Orthodox Church still answers to Kirill's Moscow Patriarchate, and two smaller but increasingly popular independent churches are not recognized by world's Orthodox leaders. But there is a growing movement to create a strong, unified Ukrainian Orthodox church that would be Moscow's equal.
    The incident also underlined the relative freedom and democracy of Ukrainian society compared to Russia, where three members of the feminist rock band Pussy Riot have spent months in prison and face up to 7 years in jail for performing a "punk prayer" against Russian President Vladimir Putin from a pulpit of Moscow's main cathedral.
    A spokesman for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church said it will not press charges against Zhdanova.
    "The girl has been shamed and lectured and I think this is quite enough," church spokesman Vasily Anisimov told The Associated Press. "If we put a policeman next to every sin ... what will our life become?"
    Kirill did not react to the incident, proceeding to talk about his visit to a group of reporters. He is in Ukraine on an annual worshipping trip.
    Femen has gained prominence for staging topless protests against all kinds of political and social problems - from the shortage of hot water to women's rights in the Muslim world to domestic pension reforms. But critics say Femen members are more interested in self-promotion than real reform, and that their antics are often tacky and undermine the cause of their protests.

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  3. By the way there is a video of the whole event here:
    You can clearly hear the woman cry the exorcism from the baptisimal service: "izydi von".