Information regarding the tragic death last month of a young Russian model in China continues to vary wildly, depending on if it comes from Russian or Chinese sources.
Earlier this week, Russian media outlets alleged that an autopsy had revealed evidence of poison in the body of 14-year-old Vlada Dzyuba. However, Shanghai police have now dismissed this claim, stating that they believe the teen’s death was not the result of poison, foul play, or even overwork.
Initially, Russian media had reported that Vlada had collapsed from exhaustion during a grueling “13-hour fashion show” in Shanghai before falling into a coma and dying two days later at the hospital from meningitis.
However, the Shanghai modeling agency which hired Vlada on a temporary contract told a much different story about the teen’s death, claiming that she had rarely worked over eight hours in a day and had plenty of breaks. Instead, the agency said that Vlada had fallen ill following a photo shoot in the city of Yiwu. The next day, the agency arranged for her to be taken back to Shanghai to rest at her hotel dormitory. However, Vlada’s condition unfortunately did not improve and she was transported to the hospital where she died a few days later from multiple organ failure apparently resulting from blood poisoning.
On Friday, Shanghai police issued a statement agreeing with the agency’s version of the events and dismissing the poisoning claims. According to Shine.cn, police had tested Vlada’s blood and the surface of her skin and had found no evidence of poison or any drugs.
At the hospital, the 14-year-old had been diagnosed with a “severe infection in the central nervous system, purulent meningitis, and failure of multiple organs” and had told doctors that she could not think of anyone who would want to do her harm, causing police to conclude that she was not the victim of foul play.
Vlada’s body was allegedly transported back to Russia on November 11th. Russian media reports that the Investigative Committee of Russia, the country’s FBI, has opened up a criminal case into her death, conducted an autopsy, and are now set to do additional tests.
Meanwhile, it seems we are no closer to finding out what happened to Vlada.