Hutsol (left with red hair) and DJ Hell
October 16, 1984
Murmansk, Russian SSR, Soviet Union
Hutsol founded FEMEN in 2008 after she became attuned to the sad stories of Ukrainian women duped by false promises from abroad: "I set up FEMEN because I realised that there was a lack of women activists in our society; Ukraine is male-oriented and women take a passive role." According to Hutsol the skills she acquired during her time with Tina Karol have helped FEMEN's "public relations". FEMEN's main choice of action is topless demonstrations. The group started protesting against sex tourism[why?] and broadened their agenda to women's rights and civil rights in Ukraine and around the world.
According to a border service official because "Hutsol is on the list of people barred from entering Russia"[why?] she was detained by the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation on 16 November 2012 at Pulkovo Airport in Saint Petersburg (Russia). Hutsol was deported back to (her point of departure) Paris (France) on the earliest flight available.
Late August 2013 Shevchenko and fellow FEMEN-members claimed to have fled out of Ukraine ("Fearing for their lives and freedom"). Hutsol request for asylum in Switzerland late 2013, but the authorities rejected it on 27 March 2014.
- "Nos seins, nos armes!" (Our breasts, our weapons!), documentary film (1hour 10 mins), written and directed by Caroline Fourest and Nadia El Fani, produced by Nilaya Productions, aired on France 2 on 5 March 2013.
- "Everyday Rebellion", documentary film (1hour 58 mins), written and directed by the Riahi Brothers Arash T. Riahi and Arman Riahi, Austria / Switzerland / Germany, 2013, world premiere at Copenhagen International Documentary Festival on November 13, 2013.
- Ukraine Is Not a Brothel
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- Anna Hutsol uses the Russian version (for example on her Personal blog on Echo of Moscow) of her first name (Aнна), rather than the Ukrainian version (Ганна; Hanna) and spells her name in English as 'Anna Hutsol' on her Facebook page
- Both Russia and Ukraine were part of the Soviet Union since 1920 till Ukraine declared its independence from the Soviet Union on 24 August 1991; Hutsol's parents moved to Ukraine at the end of 1991. (Sources: A History of Ukraine • The Land and Its Peoples, by Paul Robert Magocsi, University of Toronto Press, 2010, ISBN 1442610212 (pages 563/564 & 722/723) & Ackerman, Gail (2013), Femen (Calmann-Levy), pp 45, 46, ISBN 9782702144589.)
- FEMEN / ФЕМЕН
- (Russian) Он-лайн конференция с Гуцол Анной Васильевной, основательницей и лидером женского движения FEMEN, RBK Ukraine (23 July 2010)
- Ackerman, Gail (2013), Femen (Calmann-Levy), pp 45, 46. ISBN 9782702144589.
- Bidder, Benjamin (5 May 2011). "'The Entire Ukraine Is a Brothel'". Der Spiegel.
- (Russian) Игры на раздевание. Femen завоевывает симпатии мужчин и теряет поддержку феминисток Games on the strip. Femen winning the sympathies of men and losing the support of feminists, Focus (27 March 2012)
- Feminine Femen targets 'sexpats', Kyiv Post (May 22, 2009)
- How they protest prostitution in Ukraine, France 24 (August 28, 2009)
- Balmforth, Richard (15 November 2010). "Ukraine's topless group widens political role". Reuters. Retrieved 2012-09-01.
- Popova, Yuliya (25 September 2008). "Feminine Femen targets 'sexpats'". Kyiv Post.[dead link]
- "How they protest prostitution in Ukraine". France 24. 28 August 2009.
- Preece, Rob (2 August 2012). "Ukrainian feminists stage topless protest near Tower Bridge over Olympic body’s ‘support for bloody Islamist regimes’". Daily Mail.
- Magnay, Diana (January 21, 2011). "Topless feminist protesters show what they're made of". CNN.
- (Ukrainian) Information on the registration of electoral lists of candidates, Central Election Commission of Ukraine
- Ukraine's Femen: Topless protests 'help feminist cause', BBC News (23 October 2012)
- Ukrainian Activist Denied Entry to Russia, RIA Novosti (17 November 2012).
Femen's leader, Hanna Hutsol, barred from Russia, Kyiv Post (17 November 2012).
- Femen Report Leader Detained At Russian Airport, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (17 November 2012)
- (Ukrainian) У колишньому офісі Femen відкрили книжкову крамницю In the former office Femen opened a bookstore, Ukrayinska Pravda (23 October 2013)
- (Ukrainian) Активістки Femen втекли з України Femen activists fled from Ukraine, Ukrayinska Pravda (31 August 2013)
- (Ukrainian) Femen закриє офіс в Україні, але діяльність не припинить Femen closes office in Ukraine, however, the activities do not stop, Ukrayinska Pravda (27 August 2013)
- "Nos seins, nos armes (2012) - Documentaire - L'essentiel - Télérama.fr". Television.telerama.fr. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
- Anna Hutsol - YouTube
- Personal blog, Echo of Moscow (Russian).
- Antonova, Natalia (September 11, 2009). "FEMEN’s Anna Gutsol on sex tourism and short skirts in Ukraine". Global Comment.