Russia's candidate for a global beauty pageant veered away
from platitudes about world peace to deliver a stinging
condemnation of her homeland under President Vladimir Putin,
calling it a "beggar country" and a great artery that feeds a
When Natalia Pereverzeva, who was crowned Miss Moscow in 2010
and posed topless in Playboy last year, was asked what made
her proud of her country at the environmentally conscious
Miss Earth pageant in the Philippines, she launched into a
tirade against corruption and crony capitalism.
"My Russia...is (a) poor, long, suffering country,
mercilessly torn to pieces by greedy, dishonest, unbelieving
people. My Russia - it is a great artery, from which the
"chosen" few are draining away its wealth," the 24-year old
brunette wrote on the Miss Earth website. (http://www.missearth.tv/delegates_russia.php)
She also called Russia "an endless Caucasian war," in a
reference to two wars the Russian army fought with
separatists in the North Caucasus province of Chechnya and an
ongoing insurgency that has spread to the broader mostly
Her criticisms against corruption, which have been repeated
more often by ordinary Russians since the start of the
biggest protests against Putin's rule, caused a backlash
among some commentators in the country's largely
"I wouldn't advise my participant to represent their country
in such a way... I just think a beauty competition is not a
place for criticising one's country," modelling consultant
Elizaveta Komarova said in tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda.
Pereverzeva also praised her country's famous literary
figures, including 20th century poet Sergei Yesenin and 19th
century literary great Alexander Pushkin.
She also said she loved her country, calling it "a kind cow
with very big eyes, funny horns and always chewing ... Oh,
what sweet milk she gives!"