Influencer arrested for flashing bottom outside Russian Cathedral after influencer couple jailed for staging X-rated pic
AN INFLUENCER has been arrested for flashing her bum outside a Russian Cathedral.
It comes just a day after a couple was jailed for staging a saucy photoshoot near St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow.
In the latest case, influencer Ira Volkova, 30, was held in St Petersburg for exposing her bottom outsideSt Isaac's Cathedral.
The mum-of-one can be seen posing outside the church, with her back turned to the camera.
A criminal case was opened in which she was accused of “humiliating and insulting the religious feelings of believers” by showing “naked body parts against the background” of the cathedral.
The video was captured this summer has now come to the attention of the authorities.
A spokesperson said: "It has now been handed over to the investigating authorities."
Volkova said she had received “threats” after the Russian media highlighted her case.
"I'm very angry at people for being so vile. I'm ashamed of them,” she said.
She reportedly appeared voluntarily at the office of the Russian Investigative Committee and was detained.
The cathedral said it was not complaining about her stunt, but a spokesman added: “Let the competent services deal with this issue.”
Volkova has a school age son.
"The issue of her pre-trial detention and the filing of charges against her is currently being resolved,” said a committee statement.
INFLUENCER COUPLE JAILED
It follows the case of influencers Ruslan Bobiev, a Tajik national, and his girlfriend Anastasia Chistova, who sparked fury last month by staging a racy photo in front of a cathedral in the Red Square.
The photo shows her simulating a sex act while wearing a police jacket.
The duo was jailed on Friday after being charged with “insulting religious feelings” with the court also ordering Bobiev – real name Ruslani Talabjon – to be deported after serving his sentence.
"Anastasia Chistova and Ruslani Murodzhonzoda committed public actions expressing clear disrespect for society," the court said in a statement.
He is known as an online prankster while Chistova is an Instagram model.
She said: “I would like to apologise before those whose feelings I hurt by these pictures.
“I didn’t think – and simply wanted likes and popularity.
“Now I realise the price of such popularity.
“And I have to answer to the fullest extent of the law with my freedom, public condemnation, the disapproval of my parents and people close to me. I am very hurt.”
She had also claimed that it was Murodzhonzoda who chose the location and assured her that there was nothing wrong with it.
“I just followed him like a dog,” she said.
In his own apology, he said: “I was posing for pictures next to the cathedral. I am sorry.
“I am sincerely sorry, I will never do it again.
“I was taking pictures with a girl wearing police uniform next to me. I sincerely apologise.”
The couple is the first to receive real prison time for “insulting religious feelings” under new laws which had earlier resulted only in fines or suspended sentences.
Murodzhonzoda had 100,000 followers before his account was blocked.
Opposition activist Leonid Volkov called the sentence “madness, just madness.
"They DID nothing,…It's just a picture."
Human rights group Memorial said this week that the number of political prisoners in Russia had risen to 420 from 362 last year, suggesting a trend back to Soviet-era repression.
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