Saturday, 25 February 2012

Condoms with Yanukovych’s image appear in Kyiv

On Feb. 24, police arrested activists who were handing out condoms with the image of a man who resembeled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Condoms with a picture similar to Yanukovych labeled “This UKRAyinsky Pres,” a slogan with a veiled reference to Yanukovych’s two prison terms, were handed out by a group of activists in Independence Square in Kyiv.

According to the Committee of the Orange Revolution Participants (KUPR), the event didn’t last long. As soon as the condoms were passed out for free, they were confiscated by the police and the activists were arrested.

“People who just tried to pick up the empty box from asphalt were also arrested," blogger Olena Bilozerska said, reporting on the event at the Independence Square.

According to the KUPR press service, one of the activists was detained in the "McDonald's" by four men in civilian clothes, who showed identification of the police criminal unit, and seized the box with 250 packs of condoms.

Serhiy Melnychenko, one of the detainees, says that there are no grounds for detention, because the packaging of condoms states that all characters depicted on it are fictional and bear no resemblance to real people.

According to the activists, 1,000 condoms have been manufactured.

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