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Russian Women Jailed For Twerking Next To WWII Monument

27/04/2015 12:12 BST | Updated 27/04/2015 12:59 BST

Three young women have been jailed for making a video showing them twerking next to a war memorial.

The women were sentenced in a court in southern Russia after prosecutors launched a probe into a video showing a group of women twerking next to the memorial in the Black Sea.

It comes as Russia prepares to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Allies' victory in the World War II next month.

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Miley Cyrus performs a move known as "twerking" at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2013

A 19-year-old woman was sentenced to 15 days in jail and two women in their 20s to 10 days for performing the sexually provocative dancing which involves vigorously thrusting one’s hips and buttocks.

Prosecutors said in a statement Saturday that five women were found guilty of "hooliganism" and two of them were spared jail because of poor health.

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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 a second twerking scandal in Russia in less than two weeks.

Investigators last week launched a probe into a dance school in the city of Orenburg after a YouTube video of female school girls dressed as bees and twerking in a sexually suggestive Winnie the Pooh routine sparked outrage.

The dance school was temporarily shut down while officials in this southern city not far from the Kazakh border ordered an inspection of all dance schools in the region.

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