Female rapper and model face probe for kiss in front of sacred Russian tomb

A rapper and a model face a police investigation after filming themselves kissing in front of a sacred site.

Model Alena Efremova, 22, snogged celebrity rapper Hofmannita, real name Anna Mikheeva, 27, in front of Moscow's famed Tomb of the Unknown Soldier monument.

Despite recording the steamy video in 2018, the video went viral recently as Russians debate influencers' controversial videos in front of historic sites.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier honours tens of millions of Soviet war dead.

Ms Efremova posted an apology as Russia’s powerful Investigative Committee, the country's federal investigating authority, announced a probe into what it described as “elements of same-sex intercourse".

The tomb is beside the Kremlin Wall near Red Square in Moscow's city centre.

The investigation is under a law against the desecration of symbols of military glory, with a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment.

The Alexander Garden monument is thought to be among Russia's most sacred.

The model said: "Please accept my sincere apologies for the video created three years ago.

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“It was filmed without the purpose of insult and desecration, no derogatory interpretation was implied.

“I am now trying to get in touch with Anna, to record the joint video in this regard.

“I am shocked with what is going on. Thank you for understanding."

The controversy follows another incident involving Instagram model Anastasia Chistova, 19, and her boyfriend Ruslani Murodzhonzoda, 23.

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The pair were handed a 10-month jail sentence after simulating oral sex on a video shot close to St Basil's Cathedral.

Both pranksters apologised, but this did not save them from jail terms.

Murodzhonzoda will be deported to his native Tajikistan, a former Soviet state.

And Ira Volkova, 30, was held in Saint Petersburg for a video in which she exposed her rear outside St Isaac's Orthodox Cathedral.

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She will face a trial later and is currently under house arrest.

Adult film model Rota Fox, real name Ksenia Damova, 20, was detained for 14 days under Russia’s petty hooliganism laws for baring her buttocks in full view of the Kremlin.

Ms Efremova was last year the victim of an horrific attack during a live online broadcast by streamer Andrey Burim – aka Mellstroy, 23.

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The model was seen having her face repeatedly rammed onto a table then grabbed by the neck and pushed away.

Burim was convicted of battery and sentenced to six months' correctional labour.

Her lawyer criticised the non-prison sentence as sending a message that women can be beaten on live streams.

Lawyer Anton Zharov said: “It is unacceptable that the punishment is so ridiculous."

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