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Irina Vasilyeva, a Russian model has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious head injuries to her grandmother, 81, a respected medical professor.
Vasilyeva 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 the hospital fighting for her life after the alleged attack.
She is 25 years old.
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.
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.
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.’