Models arrested for posing nude in a photoshoot on a high-rise balcony in Dubai will avoid jail, authorities have confirmed as the emirate cracked down on public decency.
Dubai police have arrested at least 11 Ukrainian women who posed nude in broad daylight with a Russian male photographer on charges of public debauchery and the production of pornography.
Earlier this week, images and videos of naked women splashed on social media and sent shockwaves across the emirate – where a legal code based on Islamic law, or sharia, has driven foreigners in prison for more serious offenses.
After an unusually swift investigation, Dubai Attorney General Essam Issa al-Humaidan announced that those responsible for the photoshoot would be deported to their home country, without further details.
Dubai police have refused to officially identify those detained. More than a dozen women appeared in the widely shared video – some of them named by Russian media.
A woman revealed by local media, Marianna Fedchuk, 21, admitted to being in a clothed photo, including many women who then undressed for the nude photo – but denied being one of the women on the balcony.
Models arrested for posing nude in a photoshoot on a high-rise balcony (pictured) in Dubai will avoid jail, authorities have confirmed as the emirate cracked down on public decency.
Dubai police have arrested at least 11 Ukrainian women for posing nude in broad daylight (pictured) with Russian male photographer accused of public debauchery and pornography production
In this photo, at least 19 women can be seen getting ready for the nude shoot, which is said to have been for an Israeli porn site.
The second image shows nine nude women standing on a balcony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, a clad woman is pictured sitting indoors on a sofa
She said she returned to Kiev before the photo was taken, she said, as she urged her followers to follow her X-rated social media pages “more closely, so you can at least distinguish myself naked from other naked girls ”.
Meanwhile, trained lawyer Yana Graboshchuk, 27, was revealed to be part of the group being held for the revealing shoot – her family saying they knew where she had flown but had no idea what her purpose was.
She was drawn to her distinctive tattoo that matches her photos on social media.
Ukrainian and Russian authorities confirmed the arrest of their citizens on Tuesday, but the nationality of the other detainees was not immediately known.
Rapid deportation is rare for the Dubai legal system. Such cases usually go to trial or are otherwise tried before deportation.
“The prosecutor ordered the deportation of the defendants for their behavior contrary to public morals,” al-Humaidan said, adding that the women’s group had been accused of violating the country’s public decency law.
Dubai is a top destination for influencers and Instagram models around the world, who fill their social media feeds with stylish bikini selfies from luxury hotels and man-made islands in the coastal emirate.
But the city’s branding as a glitzy foreign tourist destination has occasionally caused controversy and has clashed with the sheikhdom’s strict rules governing public behavior and expression.
The nude photo op scandal came just days before Ramadan – the holiest month in the Muslim calendar – and as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky landed in Doha, Qatar for an official visit.
Over the years, Dubai has increasingly promoted itself as a popular destination for Russians on vacation.
Signs in Cyrillic are commonplace in major city malls.
Some of the girls who took part in the nude balcony photoshoot were pictured together enjoying their time in Dubai
Moscow newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets (MK) claimed that Russian businessman Alexey Kontsov (photo), 33, “was behind the nude photoshoot in Dubai.” He was arrested by police for the nude shooting on a balcony in the UAE, but claims he has nothing to do with the stunt.
Marianna Fedchuk, 21, admits she was in a clothed photo including many women who then undressed for the nude photo
Fedchuk denied reports from Russian news sites that she was one of 11 detained by authorities in Dubai, stressing that she had returned to Kiev to avoid the scandal.
The Ukrainian model gave a cheeky retaliation to claims she was on the famous balcony photoshoot in Dubai
The generally pro-Kremlin tabloid Life identified the arrested Russian man as the head of an information technology company in Russia’s Ivanovo region, although his company denied having anything to do with it. see with the photo shoot.
It is currently not known whether those arrested were represented by a lawyer.
Ivanovo Governor Stanislav Voskresensky has asked the Russian Foreign Ministry and Russia’s ambassador to the UAE to offer their support to the Russian.
“We are not giving up on ours,” Voskresensky wrote on social media.
This is not the first time foreign social media influencers have come under unwanted scrutiny in the UAE.
Earlier this year, as Dubai billed itself as a major party haven for travelers fleeing difficult lockdowns elsewhere, European reality TV stars were criticized for posting their poolside Dubai vacation on the streets. social networks and for bringing the coronavirus home.
Meanwhile, trained lawyer Yana Graboshchuk, 27 (pictured), was revealed to be part of the group being held for the revealing shoot – as her family said they knew where she had flown but had no idea of its purpose.
Yana is a law graduate who has struggled to find a job in the field of her choice. After leaving college with her law degree, she worked as a cafe waitress, then as a hostess in a restaurant, then in a brasserie before starting as a model about a year ago.
Denmark and the United Kingdom subsequently banned flights to the United Arab Emirates as cases of the virus increased in the federation of the seven Emirates.
Although the UAE recently made legal changes to attract tourists and foreign investors – allowing unmarried couples to share hotel rooms and residents to drink alcohol without a license – the country’s legal system Arab Gulf maintains severe penalties for violations of the law on public decency.
Nudity and other “obscene behavior” can be punished with up to six months in prison and a fine of 5,000 dirhams (£ 983).
Sharing pornographic material is also punishable by prison terms and heavy fines. Majority of state-owned telecom companies in the country block access to pornographic websites.
Foreigners, who make up around 90% of the UAE’s population of over 9 million, have been jailed for online comments and videos, as well as for crimes considered benign in the West, such as kissing in public.
Dubai police often turn a blind eye to foreigners who misbehave.