One of the models who attended a nude photoshoot in Dubai was exposed as a lawyer – and her family thought she was just on vacation.
Yana Graboshchuk, 27, was one of a large group of women who posed naked with their butts on a balcony.
A total of 11 Ukrainian women and one Russian man were arrested – although it is unclear whether Ms. Graboshchuk is one of them.
The group avoided prison but were deported under the strict laws of the country for public decency.
Yana’s brother Taras, 20, said the family were “shocked” to discover the gunshot had been picked up by police, adding that they simply thought she was on an innocent vacation.
He said, “She was on vacation and then I don’t know what was next.
“Yes, she had a photo shoot planned there … but I didn’t have any further information about it.”
Yana graduated from law school but was reportedly unable to find a job and worked as a waitress in a coffee shop before she also worked as a restaurant hostess, reports MailOnline.
She is believed to have started her modeling career about a year ago – and shared pictures of her luxurious Dubai trip on social media.
Yana was portrayed with a colorful breakfast, pool dips and sports car on her trip to Dubai.
Pictures from the photo shoot in question show a group of women lined up naked on a balcony.
Others show her huddled in a crowd in the apartment in the upscale Marina neighborhood.
Those arrested are fined around £ 1,000 for violating public decency laws in the United Arab Emirates.
Public decency laws in the UAE, which cover nudity and other “indecent behavior”, have sentences of up to six months in prison and a hefty fine of 5,000 dirhams (£ 983).
Sharing pornographic material is also punishable by imprisonment and a fine of up to 500,000 dirhams under the country’s laws based on Islamic law or Sharia law.
A playboy who posed for a picture with ex-US President Barack Obama is believed to be the man behind the now infamous shoot.
The 41-year-old Vitaly Grechin from Kiev, allegedly a US passport holder, is allegedly the organizer of the spectacle strana.ua.
Strana reported, citing his own sources, that Vitaly Grechin, “a resident of Kiev, was arrested for filming naked Ukrainian women in Dubai.
“According to our information, he was the organizer of the trip itself and the scandalous photo session.”
Grechin has not commented on allegations of his involvement in the scandal.
Pictures show Grechin with then-President Obama, and records show at least one political donation of $ 33,100 from a man by his name to his campaign in 2011 when the photo was taken.
Other pictures show him with former US first lady and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as well as Hollywood stars George Clooney and Sylvester Stallone.
“In public, Grechin demonstrates in every imaginable way the properties of the ‘expensive life’,” reported Strana.
The report said, “Grechin’s main differentiator is his way of surrounding himself with a large number of exemplary women.
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“Grechin does not hide this and, on the contrary, demonstrates in every possible way on social networks.”
He allegedly has a luxury apartment in the center of Kiev “and more than 10 girls live with him permanently. He has his own harem ”.
The businessman is said to have earned money in real estate with a US company.