March 1, 2024

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An influencer deemed “too popular” faces up to 6 years in prison

An influencer deemed “too popular” faces up to 6 years in prison

Veronika Loginova, an 18-year-old Russian influencer, faces up to six years in prison for being too popular on social media.

Followed by 556,000 fans on Instagram, his account was identified by Russian authorities as a source of “extremist activity”. He was accused of “carrying out activities to attract users to Facebook and Instagram.”

Two state officials called her home, saying she was very popular because of the large number of people viewing her posts.

Last March, the Russian Ministry of Justice banned two social networks that it said reported extremist activities.

In a video posted on Instagram, the tearful influencer said, “Any day they could be knocking on my door.”

The young woman, whose content is not politicized in any way, condemns this attitude of her government.

She defends her right to create her own clothing line and be an entrepreneur who pays her taxes, especially when she talks about mental health.

“What should I do now? Quit Instagram? Quit Russia? A case?” the influencer asks her fans.

Veronika Loginova promises not to give up and not be crushed by threats.

“I will go to the end of this story and let you know my steps”, the young woman notes.

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