Zambia’s foreign ministry has acknowledged that a 21-year-old Zambian student was detained last weekend in Russia for dance the night away at a World War Two consecrating in the city of Khanty-Mansiysk.
Tionge Ziba, a first-year student at Khanty-Mansiysk's Yugra State University, has been return to custody on bail but her incident has been handed over to the city’s prosecuting attorney, the ministry says.
The videotape of her flickering on the Eternal Flame war memorial was shoot on 14 April, the statement said.
Ms Ziba then evidently broadcast the recorded on Instagram two days later with the heading: “Shaking… for the dead, sure they are sleeping well tonight”, which legal instrument specified to Zambia’s consular office in Moscow report as an “offensive caption allegedly joking about Nazism”.
The territorial inquiring commission broadcast a videotape of Ms Ziba retracting for her dance, although initially it did not identify her by name or nationality.
“I want to apologise to everyone for the video I posted on 16 April,” she says in English.
“I posted a video of me dancing on this monument and I didn’t intend it to be offensive - or disrespectful to those who died.
“I’m very, very sorry to everyone. I hope I’m understood and forgiven.”
Zambia’s diplomat says its consulate has been informed that the police will conduct a surveillance on the case over the next three months and “the exercise will be conducted in a humane manner to avoid interference with Ms Ziba’s academic calendar”.
Findings from the privately operated Kommersant newspaper, allege she could be confronted with a levy of between $25,000 and $65,000 (£20,000 and £50,000), heavy lifting for a term of one to five years or incarceration for a term of up to five years.