Ex-Miss Russia -- Drugs Blamed In Shoplifting Arrest

4/28/2011 10:15 AM PDT

Ex-Miss Russia Anna Malova -- Drugs Blamed In Shoplifting Arrest

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.

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.