Russian Beauty Queen Raises Hell in Rehab

By Will Godfrey 03/21/12

Ex-Miss Russia Anna Malova is once again hauled before a judge for bad behavior at her court-ordered rehab.

Malova was crowned "Miss Russia" in 1998.
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Staff at one Bronx rehab won't forget this resident in a hurry. Vicodin addict and former Miss Russia Anna Malova is proving quite the handful on her court-ordered, 18-24 month program. The 39-year-old beauty queen has been caught hoarding and binging on prescription meds, prosecutors revealed in court yesterday. It's far from her first offense at the facility, to which she was sent as an alternative to jail following a 44-felony indictment for prescription forgery last year. In early January she was awarded a "last chance" there by a judge, after fighting with, and slapping, a fellow female patient—not to mention raiding the facility's refrigerator. That time, Miss Russia of 1998 had to agree not even to speak to the other patients for 30 days because she'd antagonized them so much. “There’s no question, your honor. Miss Malova is struggling with drug treatment,” defense lawyer Robert Gottlieb admitted to Judge Richard Weinberg—not that he really had another option—in a Manhattan court yesterday. Faced with the threat of a criminal trial, Malova was given another last chance at rehab.

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Will Godfrey is the former editor-in-chief of TheFix. He was also the founding editor-in-chief of, and previously co-founded a magazine for prisoners in London. His work has appeared in Salon, Pacific Standard, AlterNet and The Nation among others. He is currently the Executive Director at FILTER. You can find Will on Linkedin and Twitter.