24 October 2016
Margarita Radetskaya leads the dancers in the video. Photo: YouTube
Margarita Radetskaya leads the dancers in the video. Photo: YouTube

3 Russian women in twerking video jailed

Three women have been jailed after they filmed themselves twerking near a World War II monument in Novorossiysk, Russia, the Guardian reported.

A court in the Black Sea port city sentenced Margarita Radetskaya, 18, on Saturday to 15 days of administrative arrest for petty hooliganism.

Radetskaya is seen in the video at the head of six women dancing in a sexually suggestive manner to the song Touch You Tonight by the Jamaican dancehall artist Aidonia.

Prosecutors said the “erotic and sexual twerk dance” was disrespectful to the memory of those who fought in the war.

Yana Kutakova, 24, and Yekaterina Scherbedinskaya, 26, received 10 days of administrative arrest, which in Russia is typically served in an interior ministry facility.

Alla Korkach, 28, and Viktoria Yurieva, 22, were fined.

The parents of a sixth dancer, who was unnamed because she is not yet 18, were charged with “failing to perform parental duties for raising minors” and face being monitored.

The mother of the girl was also fined for “failing to take measures to facilitate children’s physical, intellectual, psychological, spiritual and moral growth”.

The women reportedly filmed the video to promote dancehall classes at a local school, Art Dance.

A photograph on Radetskaya’s social network page listed the times that the class meets.

But they made the unfortunate choice of shooting the video near a seaside monument that marks a 1943 battle that paved the way for the recapture of the region from the Nazis.

Police are investigating whether the girls violated a criminal statute against “desecrating dead bodies and their places of internment”.

The Yekaterinburg mayor, Yevgeny Roizman, is among those who have criticised the punishment given to the Novorossiysk dancers.

Facebook users have expressed their support for the women by posting photographs of locals swimming, sunbathing and drinking alcohol on the beach next to the monument.

The ruling comes just weeks after a video of young girls in Orenburg twerking as part of a dance number called Bees and Winnie Pooh caused a national scandal.

As a result, twerking classes were shut down at the dance school they attended.

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