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Ukrainian activist Inna Shevchenko, member of the women's rights group Femen, poses at their 'training camp' at the Lavoir Moderne Parisen (LMP) in Paris July 8, 2013. Reuters photo

Ukrainian activist Inna Shevchenko, member of the women's rights group Femen, poses at their 'training camp' at the Lavoir Moderne Parisen (LMP) in Paris July 8, 2013. Reuters photo

The head of the French branch of the radical feminist group Femen, Ukrainian Inna Shevchenko, was granted political asylum in France on Monday. The 23-year-old fled Ukraine in August 2012 after she cut down a 13ft wooden cross with a chainsaw.

The head of the French branch of radical topless feminist group Femen, Ukrainian Inna Shevchenko, was granted political asylum in France on Monday.

Shevchenko, who applied for asylum after fleeing her native Ukraine in August last year, told the AFP news agency that the French refugee organsiation OFPRA had approved her request, based on fears that she would face persecution in Ukraine for her political activities.

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July/09/2013

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