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Ira Volkova, 30, faces a year in prison after exposing her rear outside floodlit St Isaac’s Orthodox Cathedral in Russia, after being accused of “humiliating and insulting the religious feelings of believers”.

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Instagram influencer under house arrest after flashing her bum outside cathedral

An Instagram influencer has been put under house arrest after flashing her behind outside a cathedral in Vladimir Putin’s hometown.

Ira Volkova, 30, made a groveling apology to a court in St Petersburg, Russia, after exposing her rear outside floodlit St Isaac’s Orthodox Cathedral.

She is also facing up to a year in prison for the stunt.

The stunt was carried out in the summer, but was only recently brought to the attention of Russian authorities, who accused her of “humiliating and insulting the religious feelings of believers”.

Volkova was initially detained and was brought before a judge in handcuffs from a detention centre.








Blogger Ira Volkova, 30, was detained by police and faces up to a year in jail for posing in just bikini strings
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The stunt was carried out in the summer, but was only recently brought to the attention of Russian authorities, who accused her of “humiliating and insulting the religious feelings of believers”
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A video shows her in a court cage telling the judge in St Petersburg – Vladimir Putin’s home city – she had gone “too far”.

She said: “I apologise for these images and offending the feelings of people of faith.

“I went too far as an Instagrammer.

“Taking pictures without a thought…

“Everything will be deleted and I will not do this again.”








Ira Volkova, 30, made a groveling apology to a court in St Petersburg after exposing her rear
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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.

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.







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.



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.








Ruslani Murodzhonzoda, 23, and Anastasia Chistova, 19, had both apologised for their lewd stunt posted on Instagram, but were shown no mercy
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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.

“I just followed him like a dog,” she said.

He said: “I am sincerely sorry, I will never do it again.”








The were imprisoned under a new law which found them guilty of offending the feelings of religious people
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Tverskoy district court)



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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