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Streaming star, 24, faces a year in prison for posing naked in front of the church

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Polina Murugina, 24, faces a fine of up to £ 3,000 or a year in prison in the latest in a series of crackdowns on the exposure of images near sacred landmarks

A Russian streaming star faces a fine or jail sentence for posing naked in front of a church in Moscow.

Polina Murugina, 24, is subject to law enforcement scrutiny in the most recent of a series of crackdowns on revealing images near sacred landmarks.

She faces a fine of up to £ 3,000 or a year in prison if found guilty of “insulting the religious sentiments of believers”.

The tattooed online star posed in front of the Church of the Intercession of the Virgin Mary in Moscow, according to several media reports.

The picture was taken last summer but was recently reported to the police.

The streaming actress did not comment on the police operation, but closed her Instagram account on which the church picture was published.

It is the latest in a series of Russian moves against racy posts next to churches or state buildings like the Kremlin.

Last year, a Moscow court sentenced two pranksters to ten months in prison for simulating oral sex near St. Basil’s Cathedral with the onion-dome in Red Square.

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Ruslani Murodzhonzoda – a 23-year-old Tajik citizen, also known as Ruslan Bobiyev – and Anastasia Chistova, 19, both apologized for the “harmless” stunt posted on Instagram, but the judge showed no mercy.

They have been detained under a new Russian law found guilty of harming the feelings of religious people.

In another case, 30-year-old influencer Ira Volkova was detained in St. Petersburg for baring her bottom in front of the illuminated St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

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