Person of the Week: Margarita Radetskaya

posted 4 May 2015, 13:29 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 4 May 2015, 13:33 ]
Margarita Radetskaya is an 18-year-old woman who was sentenced on 25 April 2015 by a district court in the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk to 15 days in jail for dancing to the song Touch You Tonight by the Jamaican dancehall artist Aidonia near a second world war memorial near the city. Two other dancers - Yana Kutakova, 24, and Yekaterina Scherbedinskaya, 26 - were each jailed for 10 days. A further two - Alla Korkach, 28, and Viktoria Yurieva, 22 - were each fined 1,000 roubles. The parents of a sixth dancer,Dina G., a minor, are currently being prosecuted for the administrative offence of ‘failing to carry out duties related to bringing up minors’. 

Alec Luhn in The Guardian writes: 'The girls reportedly filmed the video to promote dancehall classes at a local school, Art Dance, and a photograph from the shoot on Radetskaya’s social network page listed the times that the class meets. But they made the unfortunate choice of shooting it near a seaside monument that marks a 1943 battle that paved the way for the recapture of the region from the Nazis.'

Source: Alec Luhn, 'Three jailed in Russia for dance video filmed at Novorossiysk war memorial,' The Guardian, 26 April 2015

Photo: YouTube, via The Guardian