Three Russian women were sentenced to jail terms Saturday for twerking in front of a World War II memorial in the city of Novorossiysk.
Margarita Radetskaya, who is 18 years old, was sentenced to 15 days in jail in Novorossiysk district court. Yana Kutakova, 24, and Yekaterina Scherbedinskaya 26, got 10 days each. And Alla Korkach, 28, and Viktoria Yurieva, 22, received fines, Russian prosecutors told the Guardian.
Prosecutors objected to the "erotic and sexual twerk dance" – the background music was Touch You Tonight by Jamaican singer Aidonia – and charged all five women with "hooliganism," the Associated Press reported. The video was made as a promotion for the women's school, Art Dance, the Guardian reported.
Hooliganism is the charge that sent two members of punk band Pussy Riot to prison for two years for an impromptu protest at Moscow's main cathedral in 2012.
Prosecutors in Novorossiysk also said they were pressing charges against the parents of one underage girl who was twerking with the others girls for "the failure to encourage the physical, intellectual, physiological, spiritual and moral development of a child."
This is the second twerking scandal to rock Russia in less than two weeks.
Earlier in April, BuzzFeed News reported that two criminal investigations were launched after a teenage dance troupe's Winnie-the-Pooh-themed twerking video went viral.
The local government shut down the dance studio until the investigations are over.
Tom Namako is the deputy news director for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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