Oksana Voevodina gained attention around the world when she tied the knot with Sultan Muhammad V in November 2018.
In speaking with Komsomolskaya Pravda (KP), the Russian beauty queen’s father – Andrey Gorbatenko – recently opened up about his experience on meeting Sultan Muhammad V for the first time. He also shared his thoughts on his daughter’s marriage and conversion to Islam.
In case you’re interested, Andrey Gorbatenko works as Associate Professor with the Traumatology and Orthopaedics Department of Rostov State Medical University. On his first encounter with the former Sultan, he recalled, “One thing I’ll say for sure as a doctor, when I first saw him (Sultan Muhammad V), I subconsciously became calm.”
“I immediately felt that Oksana would be fine with him,” the doctor was quoted as saying. “As for royal mannerisms, I didn’t notice them in him (the Sultan),” he complimented the King before adding, “He is a wonderful person, and we communicate in English. He seems intelligent and educated. Therefore, I am very happy for Oksana.”
“I’ve known him (the Sultan) for a year and a half. If I had even the slightest doubts about his decency, I would not have approved my daughter’s choice,” the traumatologist added.
So did the father had any issues about Oksana Voevodina converting to a new religion? “When my daughter converted to Islam, I decided to take a closer look at this religion. I turned to my Muslim friends (for this),” Andrey Gorbatenko told the publication.
He went on, saying, “I want to say this (Islam) is a great religion, and Oksana was absolutely right in making this choice – the wife should always follow her husband.”