bikini bombshell who won a Russian National Guard beauty contest claims she was booted from strongman Vladimir Putin’s military unit because of “envy,” according to a report.
Gun-toting Anna Khramtsova, a 32-year-old mother of one, beat more than 1,000 entrants to win the pageant last year, according to East2West News.
She was recently dismissed from the National Guard — the Kremlin’s internal military force, which reports directly to Putin — ostensibly for posting a video showing the inside of the premises where she worked, the outlet reported.
The video, which showed a disinfection operation, has been removed, but Khramtsova said she believes other revealing footage and images showing her love for bikini fitness competitions may have sparked jealousy and resulted in her ouster.
“I was fired because they needed it, I crossed … someone,” the ensign, who earlier claimed to be the victim of “sexism” in the Guard, told Govorit Moskva radio, according to East2West News.
“The reason for my dismissal was trifling, filming an administrative building during disinfection in order to raise the spirits,” she said, adding that only a “narrow circle of people” even saw the video in her native Yekaterinburg.
“After the contest I got more envy, they learned about my hobby, my sports, so they got ready to kick me out from the service,” she said. “Now they have done it.”
Khramtsova hinted she’ll appeal the decision, saying: “In the near future I will decide what to do next. But I just won’t leave it like this.”
She told the E1 news outlet that her win as Miss National Guard in the online pageant had proved divisive — with many female service members “recoiling from me.”
“I am very proud of this victory. Some congratulated me, some showed envy. Male colleagues congratulated, wrote a lot, some tried to meet me personally,” she said.
“Such a wave of popularity was very pleasant. But many women in the service even stopped greeting me,” Khramtsova said, adding that once her bikini fitness contests became known, “lady colleagues hardly talked to me.”
“I don’t know why they reacted so sharply to this. So I go on stage in a bikini — for some it’s a swimsuit, but for me this is a stage costume and nothing more,” she continued. “Apparently, they envy me.”
After her win last year, she described how she faced “those old jokes about blondes in service, but I ignore them — and just serve stylishly.”
A source in the 340,000-strong military unit told the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper that her video had violated the rules.
“Khramtsova showed the closed premises of the Russian Guard troops. It is unacceptable,” the spokesman said. “Compliance with the conditions of service is mandatory for all personnel and implies the personal responsibility of the employee.”
Khramtsova said she is from a military and law enforcement family — with her dad in the army and police for 30 years, and her mother also in uniform.
“I am proud to continue the dynasty,” she said before she was kicked out of the National Guard.