Indonesia confirms deportation of Russians for nude photo on sacred tree in Bali


Russia's Alina Fazleeva (right) and her husband Andrei Fazleev attend a press conference in Denpasar, on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Friday, May 6, 2022. The immigration office on the Indonesian island of Bali will deport a Russian influencer and her husband after they posed for a nude photo on a centuries-old sacred tree in Tabanan district. - AFP

JAKARTA, May 7(dpa): The immigration office on the Indonesian island of Bali will deport a Russian influencer and her husband after they posed for a nude photo on a centuries-old sacred tree in Tabanan district, an immigration official has confirmed late on Friday night (May 6).

Bali immigration head Jamaruli Manihuruk said in a statement that Alina Fazleeva and her husband will be deported immediately and will be banned from entering Indonesia for at least six months.

Fazleva posted on May 1 the picture of her posing nude leaning against the giant banyan tree considered sacred to Bali's Hindus on her Instagram account. Her husband Andrey Fazleev took the photo, which had been deleted but already went viral and angered the Balinese.

"They have taken responsibility for their actions and have performed a ritual on May 6 in Tua village of Tabanan district in accordance to the local custom," Manuhuruk said.

Fazleeva posted a photo of her and her husband performing the ritual on her Instagram and wrote a caption in Indonesian to apologize for her conduct.

"They have carried out activities that endangered public order and were disrespectful to the local norms, so they are sanctioned with deportation and their names will be included in an entry ban list," he added.

Bali Governor I Wayan Koster said the two Russians' actions are unpardonable and disgraceful and this should serve as a warning for foreigners to respect the local norms.

Bali has repeatedly deported foreigners from the resort island for violating regulations and disrespecting the local customs.

The immigration office deported a Canadian actor in April after a clip of him dancing naked at Mount Batur went viral. - dpa

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