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Viral footage showed a group of nude women on the front of a penthouse apartment on the Dubai Marina. More than a dozen women have been detained and one Russian national has been arrested.
Eleven of those detained are Ukrainian citizens, the country's foreign ministry confirmed.
In a statement, it said: "On April 3, Dubai police detained a group of people in connection with a violation of public morals. According to preliminary information, among the detainees [are] 11 Ukrainian citizens."
Russian news outlet Baza named one of the women as 20-year-old model Anastasia Kashuba from Kharkiv.
Tatyana Borisenko, a model in her 20s from Kyiv, was also identified by Plokhie Novosti telegram channel in Russia.
Ukrainian models Dariya Khorunzhenko, Ekaterina Kashenko and Sophia Tkachuk were also identified as being part of the group
One Russian man who photographed the women was also arrested, Russian vice consul in Dubai Ivan Gubanov confirmed.
Violations of the public decency law in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - including nudity and other 'lewd behaviour' - carry penalties of up to six months in prison and a fine of 5,000 dirhams (£982/$1,360).
The sharing of pornographic material is also punishable with prison time and large fines.
A police statement shared on Saturday (3 April) read: "A criminal case has been registered against the arrested, and they have been referred to Public Prosecution for further legal action.
"Dubai Police warns against such unacceptable behaviours, which do not reflect the values and ethics of Emirati society."
It added: "Any person who establishes, operates or supervises an electronic site and/or transmits, sends or publishes through an electronic site, gambling or pornographic materials shall be punished by imprisonment and a fine of not less than Dh250,000 and not exceeding Dh500,000."
In February, a British woman was detained in Dubai after sending a single swear word over WhatsApp to her housemate, who in turn went to the police.
The woman, a human resources manager in her 30s, had messaged her housemate to say she planned to use the dining table when working from home, but the discussion somehow escalated and she used a swear word.
She eventually forgot about the disagreement - which happened some months ago - but the row resurfaced when she tried to leave the country to return to England.
The woman had been living in Dubai since 2018, and had already shipped her belongings back home, with her visa about to expire.
But it wasn't until she was in the airport that she was told by authorities that she couldn't leave, as police had a case against her.
It turned out that the woman was under investigation after her flatmate's allegations, due to Dubai's strict cyber crime laws.
The woman tried to speak to the former housemate to get her to drop the case, but she 'didn't seem to care'.
However, in the end she was given a fine after British embassy staff in Dubai and United Arab Emirates diplomats in the UK worked together on her behalf.
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