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21-year-old Zambian student arrested in Russia for twerking at war memorial (video)

A Zambian student has been arrested in Russia for allegedly “rehabilitating Nazism” by twerking in front of a war memorial.

The 21-year-old — identified by local media as Zambian national Rebecca Ziba — was detained after she posted a video of herself on Instagram.

In the video footage, the student posted on social media, she can be seen twerking next to a World War II memorial in Khanty-Mansiysk.

“Shaking ass for the dead, I’m sure they are sleeping well tonight.” she captioned the video.

Russian investigators have described her actions as “obscene” and “insulting” and have charged her under Part 4 of Art. 354.1 of the Criminal Code, which accuses a person of “rehabilitating nazism”.

The student faces up to three years in prison and a fine of up to 3 million roubles (€34,430) if found guilty of “desecrating a symbol of Russian military glory”

The Russian Investigative Committee also published a second video of Rebecca Ziba sitting in what appears to be an interrogation room, where she confesses and apologises for her actions.

The Memorial of Glory in Khanty-Mansiysk is dedicated to soldiers who died during the “Great Patriotic War” against Nazi Germany.

The regional Investigative Committee said in a statement that the video of Ziba dancing had been posted on social media “accompanied by an offensive inscription”.

In the video, the Zambian national apologized for her actions, adding that she wouldn’t have posted the video if she knew its magnitude.

“I want to apologise to everyone for the video that I posted on the 16th of April. Without knowledge of knowing what it meant and who it was going to hurt or upset, I posted a video of me dancing on a monument,” she said.

“The video that I posted, I didn’t intend it to be offensive, neither did I mean it to offend anyone or to be disrespectful to those people that died. And because I did not know what exactly it meant, I never thought it would be this big. I am very very very sorry to everyone, I didn’t know. And if I knew I wasn’t ever going to post it. I hope I am understood and forgiven.”

It is unclear under what kind of conditions she is being held and whether she had access to any legal representation.

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