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Anna darts gleefully around the two sparsely-furnished rooms situated through an archway off a steep street that climbs up from Kiev’s Independence Square.
She is a general showing off her new headquarters.
“This is going to be our training room for our Euro strikes,” she says.
“That’s for the girls to get fit on for when they scrap with the police or have to run away from them,” she says, pointing to a set of wall-bars and an overhead muscle-tone pulley-bar by the front door.
The topless activists of the Femen women’s rights group, whose eye-catching antics have made them the cover girls of international feminist protest, are shouting loud and clear that their attendance at next month’s Euro 2012 soccer tournament — welcome or not — can be counted on.
Bare-breast public appearances — flash-mob-style — by the neo-feminist group are guaranteed throughout a month-long Euro soccer feast expected to draw a million or so visitors.
Indeed, Anna Hutsol, a small 27-year-old with close-cut, flame-dyed hair and the group’s main ideologue, is warning of a blitz of stunts to dramatise Femen’s view that Euro 2012 will only fuel prostitution and the former Soviet republic’s sex industry.
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