Dubai ‘Butt Squad’ detained for nude photoshoot had ‘dry run’ six weeks ago

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The naked "Butt Squad" models detained for a raunchy photoshoot in Dubai had a "dry run" six weeks ago in the snow.

At least half a dozen of the women known to have been in the notorious picture were also at a birthday bask in February at Ukrainian winter resort Bukovel in the Carpathian Mountains.

And one more known to have been in Dubai, who denies posing nude, also attended the three-day mountain party.

The event included a night-time plunge in an open air pool by the group nicknamed the "Butt Squad" in flimsy swimwear.

A large group of women were attending a 41st birthday party for playboy Vitaliy Grechin, who is believed to be the organiser of the scandalous Dubai event.

Dozens are seen in the snow dancing around Grechin in white bunny costumes.

He posted his gratitude to his "harem", saying in English: "Wanted to thank all of you for your much awaited birthday wishes."

"Due to social distance restrictions, I had to apply strict testing procedures to all of the guests, and it took a special type of a result to get an invite.

"Hoping that next year will allow me to see many more of my friends, that I miss most, and we can once again create great energy together!"

The party was organised by Igor Posypayko, 42, a Ukrainian TV presenter, producer, and showman.

Among those at at both events were lawyer-turned-model Yana Graboschuk, 27, who posted a picture kissing Grechin, wishing him happy birthday.

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She also posted a video showing him with a birthday cake at the bash at the Carpathian Mountains party. Yana was identified in the rear view balcony picture in Dubai by her distinctive tattoo.

Her family thought she was on vacation and were shocked to hear of her arrest over the nude stunt.

Anastasia Kashuba, 21, was also at both events as was a model named Diana.

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A second model called Anastasia was also at both as were Ekaterina ‘Kate’ Kashenko and Maria Chebotaeva.

Another woman, Marianna Fedchuk, 21, was at the Ukrainian dry run party and in Dubai, but denies being on the balcony picture.

In her response to claims she was nude in Dubai, she posted several nude pictures of herself and said: "I advise you to follow my page more closely, so you can at least distinguish naked me from the other naked girls."

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A model who was in Bukovel, but not in Dubai, called Valeria, confirmed about her friends on the UAE trip: "All the girls were ready for nude photography, but not more.

"It's an open question why all of them did not check the laws of the country. If you noticed – there are no men in these pictures, no orgies and no Arabs.

"The organiser and the photographer are of Ukrainian origin."

Grechin has not commented on the claims of his involvement in the scandal.

At least 12 Ukrainian women and a Russian man detained over the nude photoshoot are set to be deported from Dubai. They are accused of public debauchery, which carries a sentence of up to six months in prison and a 5,000 dirham fine (£981).

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