Model, 14, who died in China ‘may have been deliberately poisoned’ – reports

‘Vlada could have been bitten by a mortally poisonous insect, she could have eaten something, or she could have been deliberately poisoned’
By The Siberian Times reporter
November 2017

Exhausted catwalk star Vlada Dzyuba perished in China but evidence of a ‘biological poison’ found in her body.

‘The origin of the poison has not been established yet,’ reported Life.

‘Vlada could have been bitten by a mortally poisonous insect, she could have eaten something, or she could have been deliberately poisoned.’

Reports say additional tests will now take place.

Model, 14, who died in China 'may have been deliberately poisoned' - reports 

Model, 14, who died in China 'may have been deliberately poisoned' - reports 

A criminal case was opened into her death last month by the Russian Investigative Committee. There was criticism that she had been allowed to miss school and work in China without medical insurance. She died in China following a gruelling 13-hour modelling assignment.

The case has raised concerns over the “exploitation” of underage Russian models desperate for glittering catwalks careers.

When she died, there were reports she had contracted meningitis.

The official Chinese versions was that she died from septicaemia  “with multiple visceral organs damaged, liver dysfunction and renal insufficiency”.

Ref.: http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/model-14-who-died-in-china-may-have-been-deliberately-poisoned-reports/

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Child model’s body flown back to Russia for autopsy after shock death of catwalk star

By The Siberian Times reporter
November 2017

Russian Investigative Committee supervise sad final journey for Vlada Dzyuba, 14, who died suddenly in China on three month catwalk assignment.

Vlada Dzyuba, 14. Picture: Oksana Dzyuba

The young model’s body has been flown from Shanghai to Moscow where an autopsy will be held to determine the cause of death.

Vlada, from Perm, died in China after complaining to her mother by phone of acute tiredness.

Amid fears she was on low earnings despite long hours of work, and with no medical insurance, the case has raised fears about ‘exploitation’ of underage Russian models working in Asia.

Three modelling agencies linked to the girl – two in Russia and one in China – have all denied being responsible for her death.

Child model's body flown back to Russia for autopsy after shock death of catwalk star

Child model's body flown back to Russia for autopsy after shock death of catwalk star

Child model's body flown back to Russia for autopsy after shock death of catwalk star

Chinese modelling agency ESEE has described her death as not ‘avoidable’ due to the seriousness of her condition

Vlada’s mother Oksana has not explained why the girl was allowed to work in China without medical insurance amid fears that this delayed her getting potentially life-saving medical treatment.

The cause of her death has been variously described meningitis or blood poisoning, with Vlada complaining of chronic tiredness before being taken to hospital around 36 hours before her death.

Chinese modelling agency ESEE has described her death as not ‘avoidable’ due to the seriousness of her condition.

It is understood the Investigative Committee (IC) – which has launched a criminal probe into her ‘death by negligence’ – paid the main costs of bringing her body back to Russia.

Child model's body flown back to Russia for autopsy after shock death of catwalk star

Child model's body flown back to Russia for autopsy after shock death of catwalk star

Child model's body flown back to Russia for autopsy after shock death of catwalk star

Child model's body flown back to Russia for autopsy after shock death of catwalk star

Modelling agency owner Dmitry Smirnov, who negotiated her contract with the Chinese, Vlada’s mother and grandmother with Vlada. Pictures: Dmitry Smirnov, Oksana Dzyuba

An autopsy will be held in Moscow, before her remains are released for her funeral in Perm.

Russia’s consul-general in Shanghai Andrey Kulikov said: ‘The body of a Russian citizen, accompanied by an employee of the Investigative Committee, was repatriated by an Aeroflot commercial flight.’

The IC said: ‘An employee of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation will soon deliver the body of a 14-year-old schoolgirl who died in the city of Shanghai, China, on 27 October 2017. A forensic medical examination has been scheduled and will begin in the near future, the results of which will establish the cause of the child’s death.

‘Investigators continue to carry out a set of investigative actions aimed at establishing all the circumstances of the incident.

‘The investigation of the criminal case continues.’

Child model's body flown back to Russia for autopsy after shock death of catwalk star

Child model's body flown back to Russia for autopsy after shock death of catwalk star

Child model's body flown back to Russia for autopsy after shock death of catwalk star

It is understood the Investigative Committee (IC) – which has launched a criminal probe into Vlada’s ‘death by negligence’ – paid the main costs of bringing her body back to Russia

Vlada’s contract made clear that she – an underage child – was responsible for obtaining medical insurance.

Modelling agency owner Dmitry Smirnov, who negotiated her contract with the Chinese, is a well known as a recruiter of teenage girls for catwalk stardom.

He has not explained the lack of health insurance, and said his responsibilities ended once she was sent abroad and ‘controlled’ by the Shanghai agency.

The head of Vlada’s agency in Perm, Elvira Zaitseva, denied direct involvement in this trip.

‘Oksana told me that they collected all the documents for the trip, but I did not check them, of course,’ she said. ‘Dmitry [Smirnov] was their personal scout, he is a very experienced agent.’

Child model's body flown back to Russia for autopsy after shock death of catwalk star

Child model's body flown back to Russia for autopsy after shock death of catwalk star

Ref.: http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/child-models-body-flown-back-to-russia-for-autopsy-after-shock-death-of-catwalk-star/

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Revealed: the last days of tragic Russian model Vlada Dzyuba, 14, who died far from home in China

By The Siberian Times November 2017

Feeling ill during foreign assignment, she was sent alone on 300 km train journey less than 48 hours before she died of serious blood infection.

We are motivated not to apportion blame but to understand if lessons can be learned for other aspiring models at a time there are many Russian teenagers in demand on Asian catwalks. Picture: Vlada Dzyuba

New facts have emerged about the final days and hours of the Perm catwalk star as her Chinese modelling agency say her death, far from being due to overwork highlighted by a 13-hour assignment on the day she became ill, was caused by a critical infection and was not ‘avoidable’ .

The agency ESEE Model Management via its PR representatives has criticised the Russian and international media – including The Siberian Times – for ‘twisted’ reports on her tragic death.

Here, we try to set out the circumstances as now known that ended with the death of this teenager at 7.36 am on 27 October, a long way from home and her family, to let our readers understand what happened.

The case is now the subject of a criminal investigation into Vlada’s suspected ‘death by negligence’ by the Russian Investigative Committee which is seeking help from the Chinese authorities.

Her parents and others involved at the Russian end have been quizzed already.

Vlada with brother and sister

Vlada with her eldest brother Kirill and newborn sister. Picture: Oksana Dzyuba

We are motivated not to apportion blame – it is anyway sadly impossible to bring back this Russian girl – but to understand if lessons can be learned for other aspiring models at a time there are many Russian and especially Siberian teenagers in demand on Asian catwalks.

The account below raises a number of questions but one thing is abundantly clear: Russian models working in China MUST in future make sure they have medical insurance.

As the story broke on 27 October, the day Vlada died, the initial reports reaching many media in Russia suggested the underage model had been suffering from meningitis and was exhausted in arduous conditions and in particular a 13 hour long assignment before she became ill.

By 29 October, we reported that the agency had clarified – based on the official cause of death from the Shanghai hospital that treated her – that Vlada was suffering from septicaemia, ‘a type of blood poisoning… with multiple visceral organs damaged, liver dysfunction and renal insufficiency’.

Chinese collage

Vlada was happy to start working with ESEE. Picture: Vlada Dzyuba

This condition may well have led to the extreme tiredness Vlada complained about but there are doubts over the meningitis reports, although the results of final tests are still awaited.

So what happened in the build up to Vlada’s sad death? 

On 23 October, this girl arrived for an assignment in Yiwu, a city in central Zhejiang Province, in the evening and went to a hotel to rest. She was reported to have been some two months into a three month contract that left her school life in abeyance.

Her modelling agency say the following day, 24 October, after breakfast ‘and going for (her) job assignment, she began to feel unwell in the evening’.

She worked for about eight hours the next day and took three breaks during the session, reported authoritative newspaper The South China Morning Post (SCMP).

This seems less than the 13-hour session reported by various media, including us.

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Vlada at the catwalk on Shanghai Fashion Week. Pictures: Oksana Dzyuba

Yet as the agency’s spokeswoman Michelle Chien noted that her full day on 24 October did indeed last 13 hours from the moment she reported for work, and the time she left, although these included breaks.

‘Regarding her 24th (October) job, she began to do makeup from 8 am,’ she told us.

‘After one and half hour make up she start shooting, then lunch + rest 50 minute, dinner + rest 50 minute, besides there are another 2 breaks, each time 30 minutes for changing the lighting and scenery,’ she said by email. She left the studio around 9 pm.

‘So what I want to emphasise is that her actual shooting time of this day is around 8 hours’ – even if she was on the assignment  for 13 hours at work.

The agency insist she began to feel ill after the work day was over.

Ms Chien said it was ‘in the evening’ that the first indications emerged that she was sick, without specifying a time when she became ill. Separately, she said it was ‘after few hours in the hotel, she started to feel ill’.

Read more: The Siberian Times

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