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Ex-Miss Russia -- Drugs Blamed In Shoplifting Arrest

4/28/2011 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former Miss Russia Anna Malova's alleged shoplifting spree this week was a direct result of the ex-beauty queen's debilitating drug addiction -- this according to Anna's lawyer.

Miss Russia Shoplifting

The lawyer, Robert Gottlieb, tells TMZ, "There is no question that what happened this week, as well as the other [arrests] were all drug-related ... She is not a criminal."

According to Gottlieb, Anna is fully aware she has serious problems -- and has already voluntarily entered a treatment center.

Anna has a history of drug issues -- in fact, she was busted back in February 2010 for allegedly stealing her doctor's prescription pad and supplying herself with Rx painkillers ... and her lawyer claims, the shoplifting is just a nasty byproduct of her drug addiction.

Anna -- who was Miss Russia back in 1998 -- was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly pilfering a pair of sandals and a hat from a Manhattan clothing store ... and has since been charged with criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny.

Anna's due back in court in May for the shoplifting charges.


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anony    

Charlie Sheen's hiring.

1221 days ago
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CrashAndBurn    

I'm sure they meant petty larceny.

1221 days ago
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anony    

Actually, they meant petit larceny.

1221 days ago
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Jodi    

"There is no question that what happened this week, as well as the other [arrests] were all drug-related ... She is not a criminal."......excuse me, yes she is a criminal. She's doing drugs and stealing to get them. That makes her a criminal.

1221 days ago
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nanunanu    

crash&burn the legal name is petit larceny, not petty larceny

1221 days ago
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CrashAndBurn    

Petit = Petty or vice versa.

1221 days ago
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chicagannie    

"The lawyer, Robert Gottlieb, tells TMZ, "There is no question that what happened this week, as well as the other [arrests] were all drug-related ... She is not a criminal."

umm....she steals, misappropriates prescriptions and uses illegal drugs....but she's not a criminal? Where did this "attorney" attend law school - he's a joke!

1221 days ago
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HAHAHAHAHAH    

Its creeping me out that this chick stole Lauren Conrad's smile right off her face.

1221 days ago
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Superman    

To all those people that say New York is tougher on criminals than California....just watch this bitch get the 'celeb' treatment by the New York courts.

1221 days ago
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scooter    

As a drug/alcohol interventionist I've see a lot. What I have never seen is a crack dealer or pawn shop take sandals and/or a hat in exchange for drugs or money. She stole those because she's a thief, not a drug addict...Nice try counselor!

1221 days ago
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Jackie    

What is she doing in the USA???....Send her back to Russia

1221 days ago
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moe l.    

hahahaha! "she is not a criminal"....what do you call a person who steals stuff???? She's a drug addict AND criminal.

1221 days ago
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Denver    

And she would have gotten away with it if it weren't for dat moose and squirrel!

1221 days ago
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SweetPea    

"There is no question that what happened this week, as well as the other [arrests] were all drug-related ... She is not a criminal."
She's a drug addict AND a criminal!!!

1221 days ago
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Rex    

So if I drink a bunch of beer and then go steal a blouse from J.C. Penney - that's okay, cuz I'm an alchoholic? Okay then.

1221 days ago
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