Anna Hutsol

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Anna Hutsol
Ганна Гуцол
Hutsol in 2014
Born (1984-10-16) 16 October 1984 (age 39)
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 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". March 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  21. ^ "Imdb: Je Suis Femen (2014)". IMDb.

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