Oksana Shachko, co-founder of feminist group Femen, found dead in Paris

Oksana Shachko, one of the three women who founded Ukranian feminist organization Femen, was found dead in her Paris apartment on Monday.

“RIP. The most fearless and vulnerable Oksana Shachko has left us. We mourn together with her relatives and friends,” the organization wrote in an announcement published to its blog on Tuesday. 

The group added that it is waiting for the “official version from the police” before providing more information. The Ukranian embassy confirmed Shachko’s death to a Russian television network. 

French authorities have yet to release an official cause of death, but multiple outlets, including Agence France-Presse, reported that the 31-year-old activist was found with a suicide note next to her body.

“It is with great regret and deep pain that I must confirm the death of Oksana,” Femen co-founder Inna Shevchenko told AFP.

Another of the three co-founders of Femen, Anna Hustol, posted the official announcement to her Facebook page with a photo of Shachko. 

Shachko exiled to France in 2013 and left Femen. Since then, she had been working as an artist. 

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Ukrainian women movement Femen activist Oksana Shachko protest against anti women's politic near the official Femen Centre opening today in Paris, on September 18, 2012 in Paris. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
The picture taken on February 1, 2011 shows activist of women movement Femen Oksana Shachko during an action in Kiev. - Oksana Shachko, 31, co-founder and former member of women movement Femen, has died after committing suicide, the leader of the organisation Inna Chevtchenko said on July 24, 2018. According to Femen co-founder Anna Goutsol, Oksana Shachko was found dead in her appartment in Paris. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP) (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Policemen escort Oksana Shachko, one of the three FEMEN activists arrested on the eve, from police car to one of district courts in Kiev on July 28, 2013. A photograher and three members of the feminist movement Femen known for their bare-breasted protests were illegally held in police custody overnight after being abducted by unknown assailants during Vladimir Putin's visit to Ukraine, the group said on July 28. The Ukrainian activists are now facing charges of petty hooliganism, while the photographer is accused of defying police orders. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
(LtoR) AFP photographer Dmitry Kostyukov and Femen activists Yana Zhdanova, Oksana Shachko, Anna Hutsol and Oleksandra Shevchenko leave the district court in Kiev on July 28, 2013 after attending their trial. The photographer and the three members of the feminist movement Femen Zhdanova, Shachko and Shevchenko known for their bare-breasted protests were illegally held in police custody overnight after being abducted by unknown assailants, the group said Sunday. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Oksana Shachko, activist of women's rights group Femen, does physical exercises at an office in Kiev, Ukraine May 18, 2012. Picture taken May 18, 2012. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Oksana Shachko, activist of women's rights group Femen, speaks while painting a wall of her room in Kiev, Ukraine February 21, 2012. Picture taken February 21, 2012. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Activists of Ukrainian women's rights group Femen (L-R) Inna Shevchenko, Alexandra Shevchenko, Oksana Shachko, Yana Zhdanova and Yulia Bondarenko are seen in their office in Kiev May 18, 2012. The topless activists of Femen, whose eye-catching antics have made them the cover girls of international feminist protest, are shouting loud and clear that their attendance at next month's Euro-2012 soccer tournament - welcome or not - can be counted on. Picture taken May 18, 2012. To match Feature UKRAINE-EURO/FEMINISTS REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
Activists of Ukrainian women's rights group Femen (L-R) Yana Zhdanova, Alexandra and Inna Shevchenko, and Oksana Shachko sit in their office in Kiev May 18, 2012.The topless activists of Femen, whose eye-catching antics have made them the cover girls of international feminist protest, are shouting loud and clear that their attendance at next month's Euro-2012 soccer tournament - welcome or not - can be counted on. Picture taken May 18, 2012. To match Feature UKRAINE-EURO/FEMINISTS REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 4 OF 20 FOR PACKAGE 'THE WOMEN OF FEMEN' Femen activist Oksana Shachko paints a wall of her room in Kiev, February 21, 2012. Oksana, 25, one of the few founding members of Femen, studied iconography in the city of Khmelnitsky and rents a room in an apartment in Kiev. Ukrainian activist group Femen is famous for holding topless protests in Ukraine and abroad demonstrating for women's rights. Picture taken February 21, 2012. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 5 OF 20 FOR PACKAGE 'THE WOMEN OF FEMEN' Femen activist Oksana Shachko sits at table in her room in Kiev, February 21, 2012. Oksana, 25, one of the few founding members of Femen, studied iconography in the city of Khmelnitsky and rents a room in an apartment in Kiev. Ukrainian activist group Femen is famous for holding topless protests in Ukraine and abroad demonstrating for women's rights. Picture taken February 21, 2012. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
Activists from women's rights group Femen (R-L) Oksana Shachko, Inna Shevchenko and Aleksandra Nemchinova talk to the media in Kiev December 21, 2011. Ukraine's Femen group which specialises in topless protests in public raised an SOS on Tuesday over three activists who it said were seized by police in Belarus, forced to strip, threatened with violence and then abandoned naked in woodland. The Kiev-based group said the three were seized by police in the Belarussian capital Minsk on Monday after staging a typical bare-breasted protest on the steps of the KGB state security headquarters, mocking authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
Oksana Shachko (R) and Inna Shevchenko from Ukraine's Femen group speak to the media at a hospital in a small town of Elsk, about 330 km (206 miles) southeast of Minsk, December 20, 2011. Ukraine's Femen group which specialises in topless protests in public raised an SOS on Tuesday over three activists who it said were seized by police in Belarus, forced to strip, threatened with violence and then abandoned naked in woodland. The Kiev-based group said the three were seized by police in the Belarussian capital Minsk on Monday after staging a typical bare-breasted protest on the steps of the KGB state security headquarters, mocking authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (BELARUS - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Oksana Shachko (R), Inna Shevchenko (C) and Aleksandra Nemchinova from Ukraine's Femen group leave a hospital in a small town of Elsk, about 330 km (206 miles) southeast of Minsk, December 20, 2011. Ukraine's Femen group which specialises in topless protests in public raised an SOS on Tuesday over three activists who it said were seized by police in Belarus, forced to strip, threatened with violence and then abandoned naked in woodland. The Kiev-based group said the three were seized by police in the Belarussian capital Minsk on Monday after staging a typical bare-breasted protest on the steps of the KGB state security headquarters, mocking authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (BELARUS - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Oksana Shachko and Inna Shevchenko from Ukraine's Femen group get out of a police car in a small town of Elsk, about 330 km (206 miles) southeast of Minsk, December 20, 2011. Ukraine's Femen group which specialises in topless protests in public raised an SOS on Tuesday over three activists who it said were seized by police in Belarus, forced to strip, threatened with violence and then abandoned naked in woodland. The Kiev-based group said the three were seized by police in the Belarussian capital Minsk on Monday after staging a typical bare-breasted protest on the steps of the KGB state security headquarters, mocking authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (BELARUS - Tags: CRIME LAW)
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During the five years she was in Femen, Shachko was arrested dozens of times, interrogated, allegedly abused by police and spent almost a year in jail. She was also one of the members who was allegedly kidnapped in Belarus in 2011 after protesting the Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko during a topless rally. Shachko and other members said they were forced to strip naked in the woods, were beaten, had oil poured on them and were threatened to be set on fire. 

“She must have committed suicide at the last drop of her suffering ― she had experience tons; I am not surprised she has done it, her entire life has never been easy, she had layer upon layer of pain,” photographer Dmitry Kostyukov, husband of Femen co-founder Shevchenko, told The Daily Beast

Femen, known for its topless protests, was founded in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2008. Shachko, Shevchenko and Hustol were only 17 when they founded the group with the slogan, “I came, I stripped, I won.” According to the organization’s website, Femen protesters use “sextremism” in order to execute “complete victory over the patriarchy.”

“Female nudity, free of patriarchal system, is a grave-digger of the system, militant manifesto and sacral symbol of women’s liberation,” the website reads.

The international feminist movement often protested sexism, homophobia, religious institutions such as the Catholic church and the politics of President Donald Trump.

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