Russian actress dragged off flight after branding passengers 'plebs'

Russian actress sitting in business class is dragged off her flight after branding fellow passengers ‘plebs’ who ‘buy tickets with air miles’

  • Clip shows Lidiya Velezheva, 53, being hauled off flight by police after ‘brawl’
  • The actress and TV presenter is a member of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party
  • Velezheva was heading from Moscow to Tel Aviv to appear in a play

Russian actress Lidiya Velezheva was thrown off a flight to Israel after insulting passengers

A Russian actress was manhandled off a Russian plane by police after a ‘brawl’ during which she labelled her fellow passengers ‘plebs’.

Lidiya Velezheva, 53, became agitated with an outburst of business class air rage just before takeoff and the plane returned to the terminal in Moscow, said multiple reports.

‘I am an actress and you are plebs because most likely you bought your ticket for miles, and I got mine for 204,000 rubles (£2,475) in cash,’ she ranted, reported Mash news outlet.

The star – who is also a TV presenter – was flying from Moscow to Tel Aviv to appear in a play.

Earlier the plane had been delayed for two hours due to technical reasons and she complained about being held on an airport bus for 20 minutes without a coat.

A Mash video showed her being escorted from the Aeroflot plane by uniformed police before being bundled into a minibus.

The actress was manhandled by police officers and hauled off her flight after insulting fellow passengers and boasting of how much she paid for her ticket

Uniformed Russian officers escorted Lidiya Velezheva off her flight after a drunken ‘brawl’

The Boeing 777 later left for Israel without her. 

The woman was involved in a ‘brawl’ on the aircraft and was ‘swearing at other passengers and the crew’, said reports.

At one point an elderly women pulled Velezheva by her hair and passenger sang Hare Krishna to ‘cast out demons’.

Lidiya Velezheva is a well-known Russian actress and TV presenter, who is a member of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party

The TV star argued with flight attendants shortly before being asked to leave the flight 

The stage and screen actress is also a well-known political figure after becoming a member of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party.

The Kiev born actress is also one of 166 members of the fifth convocation of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation. 

She lives in Moscow, is married to actor Alexey Guskov, and has two adult sons.

The Russian star argued with staff and passengers before eventually being taken off her flight

Velezheva is married to Russian actor Alexey Guskov and was heading to Israel from Moscow to star in a play in Tel Aviv

Guskov said later that she was ‘sobbing’ after missing the plane.

Passengers claimed she had been drunk but she had taken a sleeping pill before the flight, he said.

He was trying to arrange another flight to Israel for her.

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