'Butt Squad' models who posed naked on a Dubai balcony banned from returning for 5 years after offending public decency

NAKED models dubbed the "Butt Squad" who showed off their bare behinds on a high rise balcony have been banned from returning to Dubai for five years.

The women, arrested after a cheeky picture of them went viral, were all deported back to their native Ukraine following a nine-day jail hell.



But now they have been told they will not be allowed back into the Middle Eastern country until at least 2026.

Yulia Ulyanochkina, 19, one of the models, revealed their punishment as she gave an account of their prison nightmare on remand. 

Another revealed that a pregnant woman detained on an unrelated matter had died near them in the “barbaric” detention centre. 

The models claim they were held in cramped, windowless and unsanitary conditions – being denied access to basics like toilet paper and toothbrushes.

Meanwhile, experts have said the naked models were lucky not to be jailed for six months for the violating the country's strict public decency laws.

Still in a Dubai cell is American-Ukrainian playboy Vitaliy Grishin, 41, who organised and financed the escapade – faces charges of organising an "indecent" photo session.

He has been previously pictured with a string of famous names including  Barack Obama – to whom he was a financial donor –  Hillary Clinton, George Clooney,  and Sylvester Stallone.

Imagine, one mattress, two blankets and 12 girls and they were screaming something in Arabic – 'sharmuta'. We understood it means ‘prostitute’.

Yulia said: "We have all been banned from entering the Gulf countries for five years.”

She told Mash media in Russia: “The period of uncertainty was the most difficult, when you sit and do not know whether you will be given six months or released.”

She had been the first into the cells after around 20 women posed nude for the balcony picture.

 “I was put on a dirty mattress. I got hysterical. The girls came one by one," she said.

“Only then did we realise that we were deprived of our freedom. It was scary.

“The cells were just awful. There were a lot of prisoners, the air was humid, there was fungus in the toilets and a lot of hair. 

“There was always a bright light in the cells, and no windows. We didn't know what time it was. There were no simple means of hygiene.”

In a video moments before they were thrown out of Dubai, Yulia said: “Bye bye Dubai. I would not say it was very pleasant… "



Another model called Diana, 19, said: “We were taken to a small cell, perhaps, two metres by two metres, with a very old mattress. All 12 of us sat on that mattress.”

She said: “There was a pregnant woman who died in a different cell. She died, she was simply not provided help.”

One more model on the controversial trip Irina Sotulenko, 23, said: “We did not know that there would be so many problems just because of naked butts….

“Imagine, one mattress, two blankets and 12 girls and they were screaming something in Arabic 'sharmuta'.

“We understood it means ‘prostitute’. But we were only accused of showing our naked butts, nothing else, that was all.”

At one point they were crammed in a cell with Nigerian inmates who had babies. 


Diana, in her early 20s, told Mash: “We were later taken to a so-called ‘black’ room, which is a cell for specially dangerous detainees. 

“On the first night we were all hysterical.”

Irina said: "Every 30 minutes there was a lineup to check no-one had  fled. 

“There was no toilet paper, just water. We finally bought toothbrushes on the fifth day. Sanitary pads were given on the third day. 

“We were wearing the clothes that we were brought in.  One of the girls had kidney problems but was not given pills.”

Irina said: “The worst thing were the warders –  they were laughing at us." 

Diana said: “One of them made a joke that one of our girls, who was in isolation because of coronavirus, had died.  What kind of joke is that?”


One off the models remains in Dubai because of Covid-19, and another is reported to be facing a separate charge and was not permitted home with the deported ten. 

“There are two girls left there, one has coronavirus, the other has a separate case against her,” said Irina. 

“We hope she will not be staying there too long, it is very cold there.

“The shower is painfully cold. We lost weigh. Other detainees had phones, books, a plasma TV [but not in our cell].”

Diana added: “We were not charged with the distribution of pornography or prostitution.

“Only disrespect to religion and that naked photo.“

Detained, too, is a Russian man allegedly present when the shoot took place named Alexey Kontsov, 33, an IT company boss. 

He is accused of "violating the norms of public morality and organising an indecent photo session,” said a statement from Kontsov’s Russian company. 

Photographer Alexander Ten flew out to Russia before Dubai police started rounding up the participants. 

He is described as wanted by law enforcement in the United Arab Emirates.

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