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Models Who Posed Naked On Dubai Balcony All Banned From Returning For Five Years

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Models Who Posed Naked On Dubai Balcony All Banned From Returning For Five Years

A group of models who were filmed posing naked on a balcony in Dubai have been banned from travelling to the Gulf for five years.

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The Ukrainian women were deported after nine days in jail after they were arrested for offending public decency.

Model Yulia Ulyanochkina, 19, said they were held in prison, waiting to find out what their punishment would be.

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Another claimed that a pregnant woman who was detained for another reason had died near them in the detention centre.

Yulia, who was the first into the cells out of the group, said: "We have all been banned from entering the Gulf countries for five years."

Credit: East2West
Credit: East2West

Speaking to Mash media in Russia, she continued: "The period of uncertainty was the most difficult, when you sit and do not know whether you will be given six months or released."

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She said: "I was put on a dirty mattress. I got hysterical. The girls came one by one.

"Only then did we realise that we were deprived of our freedom. It was scary.

"The cells were just awful.

"There were a lot of prisoners, the air was humid, there was fungus in the toilets and a lot of hair.

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"There was always a bright light in the cells, and no windows.

"We didn't know what time it was. There were no simple means of hygiene."

Credit: East2West
Credit: East2West

Another model called Diana, 19, said: "We were taken to a small cell, perhaps two metres by two metres, with a very old mattress.

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"All 12 of us sat on that mattress."

She continued: "There was a pregnant woman who died in a different cell.

"She died, she was simply not provided help."

Irina Sotulenko, 23, also one of the models involved, said: "We did not know that there would be so many problems just because of naked butts.

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"Imagine, one mattress, two blankets and 12 girls and they were screaming something in Arabic - 'sharmuta'.

"We understood it means 'prostitute'.

"But we were only accused of showing our naked butts, nothing else, that was all."

At one point they were crammed in a cell with Nigerian inmates who had babies.

Diana, in her early 20s, told Mash: "We were later taken to a so-called 'black' room, which is a cell for specially dangerous detainees.

"On the first night we were all hysterical."

Irina Sotulenko, 23. Credit: East2West
Irina Sotulenko, 23. Credit: East2West

Irina said: "Every 30 minutes there was a line-up to check no one had fled.

"There was no toilet paper, just water. We finally bought toothbrushes on the fifth day.

"Sanitary pads were given on the third day. We were wearing the clothes that we were brought in.

"One of the girls had kidney problems but was not given pills."

She continued: "The worst thing were the warders - they were laughing at us."

Diana said: "One of them made a joke that one of our girls, who was in isolation because of coronavirus, had died.

"What kind of joke is that?"

Diana, 19. Credit: East2West
Diana, 19. Credit: East2West

One of the models remains in Dubai because of COVID-19, while another is said to be facing a separate charge and was not allowed home with the deported ten.

Irina said: "There are two girls left there, one has coronavirus, the other has a separate case against her.

"We hope she will not be staying there too long, it is very cold there.

"The shower is painfully cold. We lost weight...

"Other detainees had phones, books, a plasma TV [but not in our cell]."

Yulia Ulyanochkina, 19. Credit: East2West
Yulia Ulyanochkina, 19. Credit: East2West

Diana added: "We were not charged with the distribution of pornography or prostitution. Only disrespect to religion and that naked photo."

In a video taken before they left Dubai, Yulia said: "Bye-bye Dubai.

"I would not say it was very pleasant..."

American-Ukrainian playboy Vitaliy Grishin, 41, who organised and financed the escapade, is still in Dubai.

A Russian man allegedly present when the shoot took place has been named as Alexey Kontsov, 33, an IT company boss.

Both are accused of 'violating the norms of public morality and organising an indecent photo session', said a statement from Kontsov's Russian company.

Photographer Alexander Ten flew out to Russia before Dubai police started arresting those involved.

He is described as wanted by law enforcement in the United Arab Emirates.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter

Topics: World News, Dubai

Amelia Ward
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