Russian Influencer’s Hotel Party Without Social Distancing Goes Viral

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Denpasar – Russian influencer Sergey Kosenko is currently under the spotlight for holding a hotel party in Badung, Bali, without following COVID-19 protocols. Photos and videos of the event were uploaded on Kosenko’s Instagram (@sergey_kosenko) on Monday, (11/01).

The post has garnered more than 70.000 likes on Instagram. The first photo shows a group guests on top of a ship standing close to each other. The rest of the videos show the rest of the party’s activities that did not adhere to COVID-19 protocols.

The uploaded photos and videos show guests in large crowds without wearing masks. Invitees were mainly foreigners who were singing and dancing together during the party without social distancing.

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Head of Bali’s Municipal Police, I Dewa Nyoman Rai Dharmadi, responded to the posts. Dharmadi explains that all residents must implement health protocols when holding events in Bali.

“We do not forbid people from conducting activities. However, everyone must follow health protocols, including restaurant, bars, or karaoke places,” said Dharmadi on Friday (22/01).

Kosenko was previously under fire by the local authorities in Bali due to a video uploaded on 10 December 2020. The video shows Kosenko riding a motorcycle with his partner into the ocean at Tanah Ampo Port, Karangasem, Bali.

Kosenko has made an apology since then.

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Laras is a freelance writer based in Kendal, Indonesia. Since 2017, she has written for several online publications and delved in other creative pursuits. Some of her pastimes include skateboarding, cafe-hopping, and indulging in Netflix and chill sessions.