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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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31.

Emmanuel Goldstein    

Scooter---You need to pay more attention to your clients. One of the oldest tricks in the addict book is going to a store, taking the most expensive stuff out then going back and 'returning' the items. Even though most places wont give you cash without a receipt, they will usually give you a gift card, which you promptly sell outside for 70% of its value.

1252 days ago
32.

tlynn    

Weed is it? Figures, anyways, got a question for you. WTF were you doing living/growing up in Oakland? Are you poor white trash, trailer trash, meth mutt, drug addict, alcoholic, child molester, parolee, inbred or just a plain ole POS?? Dude, your a total idiot & I'm white!!

1252 days ago
33.

spyke    

What a shame. She is so beautiful but abuses drugs AND steals? Don't make excuses for her, she has the choice of whether or not to do either of those things. Moving on. Next?

1252 days ago
34.

dd    

No she's a double criminal, illegally obtaining drugs and stealing.

1252 days ago
35.

dd    

@weed too bad it wasn't ur shoes, they might have knocked some since into u.

1252 days ago
36.

en Todo Momento!!    

petit. well at least it was cute, whatever she did...

1252 days ago
37.

DudeLebowski    

So if you steal things while you're high on drugs you're "not a criminal" according to her ambulance chaser? That makes a lot of sense-not....

1252 days ago
38.

PokerStar    

She "forgot" to take em off like Lilo. Uh huh . . .

Most property crimes (stealing/burglary) are from druggies, ask Lilo.

1252 days ago
39.

deana    

so if someone steals, but is also a drug addict, they can't be called a thief? good to know...i guess everyone that's ever stolen just needed a hug and cup of strong coffee.

1252 days ago
40.

Bobby    

@LOLAMONROE,Please stick to the topic and not your personal racist views on white folks,you are one of the reasons the race issues still continue in this country,you black folks seem to blame white folks for everything you can't do such as being honest with the fact that black folks tend to be a bit more racist than white folks and don't know when to keep your mouths shut,especially black women with bad attitudes....BACK TO THE TOPIC AT HAND.....

This woman is nothing more than a thief with a drug habit, send her ass back to Russia and stop making excuses for why she did it....SEND HER HOME and let them deal with her problems, it is not ours to deal with.......

1252 days ago
41.

Jack    

Lola, Isn't your real name Angry Alice? I love you on the Howard Stern show. Baba Booey to you maam.

1252 days ago
42.

Darla    

Wow! My arrest too. We are sisters. And your pupils are so dilated!

1252 days ago
43.

denise    

What is gorgeous about her? It must be all the color of the rainbow painted on her face, and her shiny white hair!!

1252 days ago
44.

Vhw2867@Yahoo.com    

This is a joke

1252 days ago
45.

Straight Talkin Texan    

Sounds like a criminal to me!!!

1252 days ago
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