‘Un-Tattoo You’: Russian Court Orders ‘Confiscation’ Of Inmate’s Swastika Tattoos

A court in the central Russian city of Cheboksary has drawn attention for ordering a prisoner to remove Nazi tattoos from his body.

District court Judge Vladimir Mitrofanov ordered a 1,000-ruble fine ($18) against R.R. Gabidullin — an inmate at the No. 6 federal prison colony — and for his tattoos to be “confiscated…in the form of self-removal [from] his body two images similar to Nazi symbols.”

Although there have been several cases in Russia since 2014 — when the law was tightened against the display of “extremist” symbols — of prisoners being fined for having Nazi symbols tattooed on their body, this appears to be the first case in which the prisoner has also been ordered to remove the offending images.