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Anna Hutsol
Ганна Гуцол
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Hutsol in 2014
Born (1984-10-16) 16 October 1984 (age 37)
Years active2008–present

Anna Hutsol[a 1] (Anna Vasylivna Hutsol;[1] born 16 October 1984[2]) is a Ukrainian activist and one of the founders of the radical feminist activist group FEMEN.


Hutsol is of Jewish origin and was born in Russia but moved to Ukraine with her parents in 1991.[3][a 2] She is an economist[4] and a former assistant to singer Tina Karol.[5]

Hutsol founded FEMEN in 2008 after she became attuned to the sad stories of Ukrainian women duped by false promises from abroad:[6] "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."[7] According to Hutsol the skills she acquired during her time with Tina Karol have helped FEMEN's "public relations".[5] FEMEN's main choice of action is topless demonstrations.[8] The group started protesting against prostitution in Ukraine[9][10] and broadened their agenda to women's rights and civil rights in Ukraine and around the world.[citation needed]

Hutsol wanted to seek representation for FEMEN in the Verkhovna Rada in January 2011;[11] but FEMEN did not take part in the October 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election.[12][13]

On 16 November 2012 Hutsol was detained by the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation at Pulkovo Airport in Saint Petersburg as a person barred from entering Russia.[14][15] She was deported back to her point of departure Paris.[14]

Late August 2013 Shevchenko and several fellow FEMEN-members have fled out of Ukraine fearing for their lives and freedom.[16][17][18] Hutsol requested for asylum in Switzerland in 2013, but the authorities rejected her request on 27 March 2014.[19]


  • "Nos seins, nos armes!" (Our breasts, our weapons!), documentary film (Length: 1:10:00), written and directed by Caroline Fourest and Nadia El Fani, produced by Nilaya Productions, aired on France 2 on 5 March 2013.[20]
  • "Everyday Rebellion", documentary film (Length: 1:58:00), 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 13 November 2013.
  • Ukraine Is Not a Brothel
  • "Je Suis Femen" (I Am Femen), 2014, documentary film, written and directed by Alain Margot.[21]

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  1. ^ Anna Hutsol uses the Russian version (for example on her Personal blog on Echo of Moscow) of her first name (Анна), rather than the Ukrainian version (Ганна; Hanna) and spells her name in English as 'Anna Hutsol' on her Facebook page
  2. ^ 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.)


  1. ^ "FEMEN / ФЕМЕН".
  2. ^ (in Russian) Он-лайн конференция с Гуцол Анной Васильевной, основательницей и лидером женского движения FEMEN Archived 16 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine, RBK Ukraine (23 July 2010)
  3. ^ Ackerman, Gail (2013), Femen (Calmann-Levy), pp 45, 46. ISBN 9782702144589.
  4. ^ Bidder, Benjamin (5 May 2011). "The Entire Ukraine Is a Brothel". Der Spiegel.
  5. ^ a b (in 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)
  6. ^ Feminine Femen targets 'sexpats', Kyiv Post (22 May 2009)
  7. ^ How they protest prostitution in Ukraine, France 24 (28 August 2009)
  8. ^ Balmforth, Richard (15 November 2010). "Ukraine's topless group widens political role". Reuters. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  9. ^ Popova, Yuliya (25 September 2008). "Feminine Femen targets 'sexpats'". Kyiv Post. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012.
  10. ^ "How they protest prostitution in Ukraine". France 24. 28 August 2009.
  11. ^ Magnay, Diana (21 January 2011). "Topless feminist protesters show what they're made of". CNN. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  12. ^ (in Ukrainian) Information on the registration of electoral lists of candidates Archived 22 December 2012 at, Central Election Commission of Ukraine
  13. ^ Ukraine's Femen: Topless protests 'help feminist cause', BBC News (23 October 2012)
  14. ^ a b Ukrainian Activist Denied Entry to Russia, RIA Novosti (17 November 2012).
    Femen's leader, Hanna Hutsol, barred from Russia, Kyiv Post (17 November 2012).
  15. ^ Femen Report Leader Detained At Russian Airport, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (17 November 2012)
  16. ^ (in Ukrainian) У колишньому офісі Femen відкрили книжкову крамницю In the former office Femen opened a bookstore, Ukrayinska Pravda (23 October 2013)
  17. ^ (in Ukrainian) Активістки Femen втекли з України Femen activists fled from Ukraine, Ukrayinska Pravda (31 August 2013)
  18. ^ (in 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)
  19. ^ "Topless protest group founder denied asylum". 27 March 2014.
  20. ^ "Nos seins, nos armes (2012) - Documentaire - L'essentiel - Télé". Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  21. ^ "Imdb: Je Suis Femen (2014)". IMDb.

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