Disgraced Instagram model admits taking sexy ‘Chernobyl’ pics 2,000 miles away in a disused canteen for twisted ‘likes’ – The Sun
A SHAMED Instagram model has apologised for posting half-naked pictures tagged from the death zone of nuclear wasteland Chernobyl.
But Veronika Rocheva, 23, has also revealed that she lied in implying her racy pictures were shot at Pripyat in the blitzed atomic power station’s 19-mile exclusion area.
In fact, her lingerie and topless poses were taken 2,146 miles away at a disused canteen in Siberia, she said.
She confessed: “This was not in fact even Pripyat, we did the shoot in a deserted location in Novosibirsk."
The model – unnamed until now – was hit by worldwide criticism and anger over the shoot which she geotagged as being from Pripyat, the decimated and abandoned town close to the Chernobyl explosion in 1986.
Video has now appeared showing her in a lesbian kiss scene supposedly at Chernobyl – and wearing a gas mask.
Veronika told Russian life.ru publication: "I don’t know why we decided to put this geotag.
"It was all filmed at a deserted location in Novosibirsk.
“It looked in a way similar to Pripyat and we just tagged the location as ‘Pripyat’.
“We simply didn’t expect to get such outburst of negative reaction. We didn’t think about the consequences…”
'WE DIDN'T MEAN TO INSULT'
The Instagram model said: “In fact I was doing a vlog about the environment when I got inspired by the HBO Chernobyl series.
“This is what made us link the location we used for filming to Pripyat, they just looked so equally abandoned.
"We thought it would be just our friends watching it, that was it.”
She said apologetically: “We didn’t want in any way to hurt or insult people that went through such a horrendous tragedy.
“We pay deepest respect to the story of Chernobyl.”
Despite this, scandal has increased her followers to around 13,000, and rising.
Other pictures confirm that the model is from Novosibirsk, the largest city in Russia’s vast Siberia region.
She is seen posing in Akademgorodok – a scientific and university satellite town.
She also poses at the city’s five star Marriott Hotel.
Veronika was hit by a wave of angry comments for her "Chernobyl pictures".
One read: “Really sorry but you don't look like a model at all, more like a heartless b*****”
She was called “another brain dead ‘influencer’ living dangerously all for a photo.”
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