Protest movement co-founder Oksana Shachko found dead in Paris

The photo taken on February 1, 2011 shows activist of women movement Femen Oksana Shachko during an action in Kiev. (AFP)
Updated 25 July 2018

Protest movement co-founder Oksana Shachko found dead in Paris

  • Operating under the slogan “I came, I stripped, I won,” Femen quickly drew attention around the world
  • Shachko was one of four feminist activists who founded Femen in Ukraine in 2008

PARIS: Oksana Shachko, one of the founders of the Femen feminist protest movement, has been found dead in her Paris apartment, the group said on Monday.
Activists from Femen, known for its bold topless protests, said the 31-year-old Ukrainian had been found on Monday with a suicide note next to her body.
“It is with great regret and deep pain that I must confirm the death of Oksana,” said Inna Shevchenko, one of Femen’s leaders, who also lives in the French capital.
Another Femen founder, Anna Gutsol, wrote on Facebook: “RIP. The most fearless and vulnerable Oksana Shachko has left us.
“We mourn together with her relatives and friends,” she said, adding that the group was awaiting “the official version from the police.”
Shachko was one of four feminist activists who founded Femen in Ukraine in 2008.
Exiled in France since 2013, she had since left the group and was working as an artist.
Operating under the slogan “I came, I stripped, I won,” Femen quickly drew attention around the world with its bare-breasted protests against sexism.
Their protests eventually started targeting authoritarianism and racism, with Russia’s Vladimir Putin a particular target, alongside France’s far-right National Front party.
But in recent years the group has struggled with internal divisions as well as legal proceedings against its members.
In 2011, Femen said Shachko was among three members “kidnapped” by security agents and forced to strip naked in a forest after staging a topless protest mocking Belarussian strongman Alexander Lukashenko.
The agents had poured oil over the three women, threatened to set them on fire, and cut off their hair, Femen said.
She was abducted again by unknown assailants during a visit by Putin to Ukraine, according to the group.
Femen’s lawyer said Shachko was beaten so badly that she was briefly hospitalized.


Married only minutes, Texas newlyweds killed in crash

Updated 25 August 2019

Married only minutes, Texas newlyweds killed in crash

  • Judge who married the couple also pronounced them dead at the scene

ORANGE, Texas: Harley Morgan was still wearing his dark suit and Rhiannon Boudreaux her wedding dress when the Texas “childhood sweethearts” were killed in a crash with a truck minutes after they were married.
Nineteen-year-old Morgan and 20-year-old Boudreaux were pronounced dead Friday at the scene by the same justice of the peace who had just married them.
“I’m talking five minutes. You may kiss the bride,” said Orange Police Cpt. Keith Longlois. “The family was right behind them. They were all going out to go to wherever they were going to have their reception,” he said.
Longlois said they were “childhood sweethearts” who decided to be married by a popular Orange County Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton.
He said the groom was driving when he tried to exit the driveway of the Justice of The Peace building onto a five-lane highway. A truck pulling a trailer carrying a heavy tractor slammed into their vehicle. The force was so great that witnesses said the car flipped multiple times before coming to rest in a ditch.
The driver of the truck was not identified but Longlois said he was cooperating with the investigation and there was no sign of wrongdoing. Drug and alcohol tests would be conducted, he said.
“I had to sit there and watch my two babies die,” the mother of the groom, LaShawna Morgan, told the Beaumont Enterprise.