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Russian model, 25, held by police after her grandmother, 81, is left with a fractured skull

Russian model, 25, held by police after her grandmother, 81, is left fighting for life with a fractured skull after row between the pair over money

  • Irina Vasilyeva has been detained and faces up to eight years in jail if convicted
  • The ‘intoxicated’ model allegedly asked the professor for money but was refused
  • The grandmother sustained injuries to her head, her eye and fractured her skull 

A Russian model has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious head injuries to her grandmother, 81, a respected medical professor.

Irina Vasilyeva, 25, has been detained and faces up to eight years in jail if convicted.

Dr Alevtina Bogdanova, an eminent respiratory specialist in St Petersburg, is in hospital fighting for her life after the alleged attack.

Russian model Irina Vasilyeva has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious head injuries to her grandmother, 81, a respected medical professor

Dr Alevtina Bogdanova, an eminent respiratory specialist in St Petersburg, is in hospital fighting for her life after the alleged attack

Dr Alevtina Bogdanova, an eminent respiratory specialist in St Petersburg, is in hospital fighting for her life after the alleged attack

Reports say the ‘intoxicated’ model had asked her grandmother for money – and the professor had refused.

The model then struck the academic who fell, sustaining an eye injury, an internal head wound, and a fracture at the base of her skull, it is alleged.

‘It has been established that the citizen (Irina Vasilyeva) , being intoxicated, during the conflict, inflicted several blows to the head of her grandmother with her hands,’ said a police spokesperson.

Vasilyeva confessed to striking Dr Bogdanova, said police.

A grevious bodily harm criminal case was opened .

Reports say the 'intoxicated' model (pictured) had asked her grandmother for money - and the professor had refused

Reports say the ‘intoxicated’ model (pictured) had asked her grandmother for money – and the professor had refused

The model then allegedly struck the academic who fell, sustaining an eye injury

The professor also suffered an internal head wound, and a fracture at the base of her skull, it is alleged

The model then struck the academic who fell, sustaining an eye injury, an internal head wound, and a fracture at the base of her skull, it is alleged

Irina Vasilyeva, 25, has been detained and faces up to eight years in jail if convicted over the alleged attack on her grandmother (pictured)

Irina Vasilyeva, 25, has been detained and faces up to eight years in jail if convicted over the alleged attack on her grandmother (pictured)

Sources say the model had been out of work during the pandemic, and was short of money, said the local media.

She had sought cash from her grandmother to buy alcohol on the public holiday marking International Women’s Day, it was alleged

Police sources cited by Fontanka said that Vasilyeva had problems with alcohol.

Dr Bogdanova is the author of more than 150 scientific publications and has been a professor since 1993.

Sources say the model had been out of work during the pandemic, and was short of money

Sources say the model had been out of work during the pandemic, and was short of money

A video showed the handcuffed woman being escorted to a court hearing.

The press office of Kalininsky district court reported: ‘Vasilyeva and her lawyer objected (to detention), pointing out that the accused did not intend to hide, has a registered address, is a citizen of the Russian Federation, admitted her guilt, (and) works.’

She pleaded for house arrest rather than to be remanded in custody.

‘But the court denied this.’

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