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Ten years on, Femen movement struggles to maintain momentumWhen four young Ukrainians banded together in 2008 to break the mold for protesting sexism and violence against women, they set off a wave of bare-breasted "sextremism" that eventually spread around the world. In their native Ukraine they were harangued as prostitutes under the sway "of a political party, of the West, of a man, of the U.S.," said Inna, who joined the group a few years later.Their protests eventually started targeting authoritarianism and racism alongside sexist violence, with Russia's Vladimir Putin a particular target, or France's far-right National Front party. Oksana Shatchko and Sasha Shevchenko later joined Inna in exile in France, but the group was unable to infuse the movement with the same intensity, and they eventually fell out.Even as the movement tries to find its footing in France, members are trying to regroup back in Ukraine, though their actions have been more modest than in their heyday.
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