Ilona Kotelyukh posing with tiger

Brainless Russian social media stars blasted for posing with drugged lions and tigers at lavish bashes during Covid pandemic


Social media stars in Russia are facing criticism over the use of tigers and lions as glamorous props at wild parties.

Model and influencer Ilona Kotelyukh, 28, held a bash marking the Russian Women’s Day holiday, where guests were entertained with saxophone, striptease and three “sedated” predators.

The Moscow party was in closed cigar club Davidoff where they feasted on Champagne and black caviar – despite high infection rates of Covid-19.

Telegram channel Tolko Nikomu – meaning ‘Do not tell anyone’ – headed by Yulia Baburina, editor of gossip news at TV channels MUZ TV and Yu Channel, posted: “What a barbaric trend to see wild animals at parties.”

According to her report, two adult tigers and a cub were “lying at the entrance to the restaurant for the amusement of guests”.

The whole article was published by The Sun on March 10, 2021.