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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.


47 COMMENTS

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46.

Woot    

Oh noes! That NOSE!!! *gasp!*

1235 days ago
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Jim    

If she is a druggie and a thief...why is she stuill allowed to stay in the U.S.?

1235 days ago
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