Russian Women Jailed for 'Hooliganism' After Twerking Near War Memorial


The Associated Press is reporting that three Russian women have been sentenced to 10 to 15 days in jail apiece on “hooliganism” charges after making the video you see above, which shows their dance troupe twerking in a field near a war memorial.

The AP reports that a court in the city of Novorossiysk sentenced three of the six women in the dance troupe to jail time for their dance near the Novaya Zemlya monument, located on the outskirts of the city. It’s almost the 70th anniversary of World War II, which Russia plans to celebrate with military parades, mass displays of patriotism, and cracking down on any dangerous pelvic thrusting. A 19-year-old woman got 15 days in jail, and two women in their 20s were sentenced to 10 days each. Two other women were also charged with hooliganism but were spared jail time due to health issues.

Here’s the full performance:

The Telegraph reports that the two women who weren’t jailed were fined. The sixth girl is 15; her parents were charged with “failing in their duties to ‘maintain and bring up’ a minor,” the paper says.

Earlier this month, another twerking video sparked a country-wide debate, after a troupe of schoolgirls dressed as bees did a moderately risque dance around someone dressed as a low-rent Winnie the Pooh:

According to the Washington Post, federal investigators are looking into whether the underage honey bees committed “depraved acts.”

Screengrab via YouTube

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