Dubai has always had strict laws, as they follow the Islamic law (Shariah). Foreigners can be jailed for minor offences such as kissing in public.
So, it comes as a surprise that these models arrested for posing naked on a balcony in Dubai will merely be deported. Several of these models have been identified.
Authorities have informed the media that a total of 40 women were arrested. Russian businessman Alexey Kontsov (33) was also detained for being the photographer of the shoot. Daily Mail UK stated that Ukrainian and Russian authorities have confirmed the arrest of their citizens. At least 11 of them are Ukrainians. However, not all nationalities of those detained are known. According to China Press, the models are in their 20s or younger.
Several of these models have been identified by their Instagram pictures. One of them is trained lawyer Yana Graboshchuk (27). She was outed by her distinctive tattoo, which matches those found on her Instagram. Her family apparently knew she had flown to Dubai, but were not informed of the reason for the trip. A few others Ukrainians are Diana, Anastasia Kashuba (21), and Marianna Fedchuk (21).
Marianna Fedchuk was seen in a clothed picture which included several women from the naked photoshoot. However, she denied being one of the women on the balcony. According to the 21-year-old, she had flown back to Kyiv before the shoot.
Although many expected the case to go to trial, the deportation came as a surprise. “The public prosecutor ordered the deportation of the accused for their behavior contrary to public morals,” Dubai’s Attorney General Essam Issa al-Humaidan explained. He added that they were in fact charged with violating the country’s public decency law.
It is not known if those arrested had legal representation. However, photographer Kontsov has his country behind him. The governor of Ivanovo, Stanislav Voskresensky, requested the Russian Foreign Ministry and Russia’s ambassador to the UAE to offer Kontsov their support. Voskresensky wrote on his social media: “We don’t abandon our own.”
Dubai has always been a popular spot among social media influencers. Yet, their brand as a tourist destination has often clashed with their governing laws.