Russian Instagrammer begs for forgiveness for baring bottom
‘I will never do it again’: Model arrested for baring her bottom in front of a St Petersburg cathedral begs for forgiveness as court warns she faces a year in jail for ‘humiliating and insulting’ Russian Orthodox Church
- Irina Volkova, 30, appeared in court Sunday to beg forgiveness for her Instagram
- The post showed her baring her backside in front of St Isaac’s Cathedral
- ‘I apologise for these images and offending the people of faith,’ she said
- She faces up to a year in jail but was bailed so that she could care for her son
A Russian model is facing up to a year in jail for baring her bottom outside a St Petersburg cathedral.
Irina Volkova, 30, appeared in court on Sunday to beg forgiveness for the Instagram video which showed her pulling up her skirt in front of St. Isaac’s Cathedral.
‘I apologise for these images and offending the feelings of people of faith. I went too far as an Instagrammer,’ she told the judge.
‘Everything will be deleted and I will not do this again.’
The influencer was placed under house arrest but still faces jail as prosecutors say she ‘humiliated and insulted’ the Russian Orthodox Church and outraged society as a whole.
Irina Volkova in court on Sunday. She told the judge: ‘I apologise for these images and offending the feelings of people of faith. I went too far as an Instagrammer’
Irina Volkova, 30, appeared in court on Sunday to beg forgiveness for the Instagram video which showed her pulling up her skirt in front of St. Isaac’s Cathedral
Volkova stares at the ground as she appears in a St Petersburg court on Sunday
The heavily-tattooed model regularly posts racy pictures to her 6,000 followers on Instagram
The blogger appearing in court at the weekend
The clip was shared to her 6,000 followers in the summer but recently came to the attention of the Russian authorities.
The case follows another last week when an Instagram model and a male prankster were jailed for ten months for simulating oral sex outside world famous St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow.
Volkova was initially detained and was brought before a judge in handcuffs from a detention centre.
A video shows her in a court cage telling the judge in St Petersburg – Vladimir Putin’s home city – she had ‘taken the pictures without a thought.’
She was permitted home arrest to care for her school age son, but is expected to face a full trial later which could lead to a jail sentence.
Volkova had appeared voluntarily at the office of the Russian Investigative Committee and was detained.
Last week Ruslani Murodzhonzoda, 23 — a Tajik national also known as Ruslan Bobiyev — and Anastasia Chistova, 19, had both apologised for their lewd stunt posted on Instagram, but were shown no mercy by the judge.
She was seen wearing a police jacket and kneeling in front of him in view of world famous St Basil’s cathedral.
The were imprisoned under a new law which found them guilty of offending the feelings of religious people.
They ‘committed public actions expressing clear disrespect for society,’ the court said in a statement.
He is to be deported after serving his sentence.
Chistova said: ‘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.
Russian Tik-Toker Ruslan Murodzhonzoda and his girlfriend Anastasia Chistova have been jailed for 10 months for simulating oral sex in front of St Basil’s cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square
The couple were found guilty by Moscow’s Tverskoi district court of ‘offending religious sentiment’ (pictured, a side view of the picture posted to Instagram)
‘I just followed him like a dog,’ she said.
He said: ‘I am sincerely sorry, I will never do it again.’
Opposition activist Leonid Volkov called the sentence ‘madness, just madness.
‘They DID nothing,…It’s just a picture.’
Russia toughened its laws after the arrests in a Moscow cathedral of Pussy Riot performers protesting against Putin in 2012.
Human rights group Memorial claimed 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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