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Ufa artist was threatened with violence because of her paintings with naked Bashkirs

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Ufa artist Alena Savelyeva complained to the police about threats after the publication of her drawings. She reported this to the Dozhd TV channel.

The girl said that she and her relatives began to receive death threats because of her drawings. In her last works, the girl portrayed half-naked people in items of the Bashkir folk costume. According to Savelyeva, these images were only sketches for the paintings she planned to paint.

She said that it began after one of the former leaders of the recognized extremist organization Bashkort, Ruslan Gabbasov, published a post on VKontakte calling for a lynch against her. According to the artist, she did not want to offend or offend anyone. However, the national activist noted that the heroes of the drawings are presented “in some kind of sexually perverted form.” He said that Savelyeva “crossed the fine line that is dangerous to cross,” and accused her of “outright mockery of the Bashkirs.”

The girl noted that she received messages from strangers with the aim of making an in-person meeting. Some introduced themselves as journalists or potential buyers of paintings. She was threatened and warned that her family and friends could get hurt if she tried to hide.

The 29-year-old artist sent screenshots of the correspondence to law enforcement agencies. The police department №10 of the Ufa Ministry of Internal Affairs began an inspection, a criminal case was initiated.

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