Polina Murugina, a Russian social media influencer and star is reportedly facing fine or jail time for a stunt she pulled near a religious site in her home country. The 24-year-old, sporting a body full of tattoos, posed nude in front of a church in Moscow. The photo was shared to her Instagram channel, which is now shut down, and went viral on the internet.
The visual sparked wide backlash against the young streamer who is being accused of offending religious beliefs. If found guilty, she could land behind bars for a year or shell out a fine of £3,000, as per The Sun. Local media suggests the controversial photo was taken last year but only recently caught the attention of law enforcement in Russia.
Murugina is not the first internet celebrity to be pulled up by Russian authorities for daring to bare it in public. Kremlin is cracking down on nudist stunts by influencers under conservative policies pushed by President Vladimir Putin.
She faces a fine of up to £3,000 or a year in jail if found guilty of “insulting the religious feelings of believers”.
The tattooed social media influencer posed outside the Church of the Intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Moscow.
Last year too several such cases came to the fore.
Influencer and OnlyFans star Rita Fox was sent to detention for “hooliganism” after she shared a photo with her pants pulled down outside the city’s St Isaac’s Cathedral. A model named Irina Volkova also faced legal heat for flashing her derriere at the same church. Meanwhile, a couple too faced imprisonment for allegedly simulating oral sex near a cathedral
The picture was taken last summer but was recently reported to police.
Polina has not commented on the police action but has closed her Instagram account where the church image was published.
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