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Topless Ukraine women back after Belarus dustup

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Three women with a Ukrainian topless-protest group have returned from Belarus, where they claim they were abducted and beaten.

The members of the group Femen, whose members bare their breasts to draw attention to various political and social issues, accuse Belarusian security officers of seizing them in retaliation for a protest Monday against authoritarian Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

Activist Oksana Shechko told The Associated Press in Kiev on Wednesday that she and the other two young women were kidnapped, made to undress in a freezing forest, threatened with death and rape, smeared with paint and had their hair cut.

Belarusian authorities have denied involvement in the activists' alleged ordeal.

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