Irina Kotova, the principal of a school in Pyt-Yakh, has refused to apologize for reporting to the police parents of a student with blue-yellow pigtails. The police investigation concluded that there were no violations warranting any action based on Kotova's complaint. Consequently, the local administration has requested an apology to the family. Vera Sokhareva, the hairdresser who had styled the girl's hair, shared these details with the NEFT publication on May 17th.
Irina Kotova, the principal of School No. 1 in Pyt-Yakh, has refused to apologize to the family of a student who had her hair braided in blue-and-yellow colors. Kotova reported the girl's parents to the police, mistakenly associating the shaved "Yin-Yang" sign with the "Azov" battalion (banned in Russia) symbol. In response to this incident, the city administration has requested that the principal extend an apology to the family.
Following an investigation, the police found no violations and dropped any charges for non-performance of parental duties against the girl's mother. Investigators also visited the hairdresser, Vera Sokhareva, who had styled the girl's hair. Sokhareva provided them with remnants of colored ribbons, clarifying that they were lettuce-colored rather than yellow. According to the master, the investigators found the situation absurd.
This incident prompted State Duma member Vladislav Davankov to request that the police clarify to the public that the combination of yellow and blue is not sufficient grounds for detention. He humorously pointed out the potential implications if such associations were continued, envisioning a scenario where certain birds would be shot, numerous brands would need to change their yellow and blue logos, and even the LDPR political party could face a ban.
Instances of fines imposed for displaying the colors of the Ukrainian flag have occurred before. A woman in Belgorod was fined 15 thousand rubles ($190) for distributing flowers while dressed in yellow and blue attire. In Moscow, an individual was detained and fined 10 thousand rubles ($125) merely for wearing colorful sneakers.
In response to the news of such fines, a public activist in Penza suggested that authorities consider banning bluebirds and other species due to their potential to discredit the military.