News WTF of the Day: Russian Women Arrested for Twerking in Front of WWII Memorial
Russia’s war on twerking rages on, as yet another group of women find themselves in trouble with the law after shaking their booties.
In the music video above, six women are dancing at the Malaya Zemlya WWII memorial in Novorossiysk, and now several of them are dancing in jail.
“We condemn these women,” said a rep for the local education department. “Every inch of this land is covered in blood. It is inappropriate.”
Margarita Radetskaya, the 18-year-old leader of the dance group, was sentenced to 15 days of administrative arrest as punishment for “petty hooliganism,” according to The Guardian. Two of the other women will be jailed for 10-days while another two were fined.The sixth girl was underage, so her parents are being punished instead for “failing to take measures to facilitate children’s physical, intellectual, psychological, spiritual and moral growth.”
The twerking video was reportedly intended as a promotion for dancehall classes at a nearby studio called Art Dance, but it is unclear why they chose the WWII memorial as their backdrop.
“In the course of the inquiry, an assessment will be given to how the authorities complied with the laws on preservation of cultural heritage monuments, on education and moral upbringing of young people, and to how law enforcement authorities maintained public order,” said prosecutors, according to The Washington Post.
Another dance studio also recently came under fire after a video emerged of girls in bee costumers twerking on stage with a weird looking “Winnie-the-Pooh” holding a pot of honey.
May marks the 70th anniversary of Russia’s defeat of the Nazis, and the Victory Day festivities are not likely going to involve any sort of celebratory twerking.