Schoolgirls Spark Outrage By Spitting In Eternal Flame

CENPublished: January 31, 2018Updated: February 1, 2018
Published: January 31, 2018Updated: February 1, 2018

Two teenage schoolgirls landed themselves in hot water by spitting into an eternal flame tribute to World War II soldiers.

The girls were caught on CCTV security cameras spitting into the flame at a war monument in the town of Abinsk in south-western Russia's Krasnodar Krai region.

The pair were also seen dancing around the flame, laughing, taking selfies, smoking cigarettes and using the flame to warm their hands against the cold.

But their actions sparked hostility from residents, who urged police to find and prosecute the pair after the footage was posted on video-sharing platforms.

Police officers in the small town quickly identified the girls as two local 16-year-olds and had a "serious talk" with them and their parents.

The names of the girls have not been released and they escaped charges because of their age.

However, both sets of parents face fines of around 300 RUB (about 4 GBP) for their children's acts of hooliganism.

Eternal flame tributes to the dead of World War II - which is known as the Great Patriotic War in Russia - are regarded as sacred sites in the country.

Abinsk is the administrative centre of the Abinsky District and lies (47 miles) south-west of the regional capital of Krasnodar.

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