Russian reality TV star and Playboy model detained at LAX on suspicions of being a spy

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Victoria Bonya claims she was detained at LAX on Feb. 23.
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A Russian reality TV star and former Playboy model says that she was detained at Los Angeles International Airport on suspicions of being a Kremlin spy.

Victoria Bonya, a 37-year-old model and TV host who lives in Monaco and rose to fame after participating in the Russian reality TV show Dom-2 in 2006, wrote about her “endless day” in a February 23 Instagram post.

After she passed border patrol on her way to Los Angeles, customs officers allegedly pulled her aside and led her into a separate room for questioning.

Сегодня был какой-то бесконечный день… еще бы! Ведь он длился 24 часа ???? Самое смешное, что на границе меня пропустили быстро, а вот на выходе из аэропорта LAX меня отвели на дополнительный осмотр вещей… Но вместо разговора по существу офицер решил поговорить о нашем президенте, узнав мою позицию, он перешел к разговорам о КГБ. ???? Затем подошёл другой офицер и попросил меня отойти и подождать в сторонке… После чего мне задали вопрос, не являюсь ли я тайным агентом разведки ???????? Я смеялась в голос, приняв разговор за шутку, пока меня не переспросили в третий раз! ???? получив отрицательный ответ офицер стал осматривать мои вещи и в какой-то момент он достал из моего кошелька визитную карточку с надписью SPY-LAND на англ, (она принадлежала фирме по системам скрытого видеонаблюдения), когда-то мне всучили ее на нашей горбушке ???????????? Это был удар! Я думала, что сейчас меня депортируют ???????? Короче, пока не прогуглили мое имя и не пересмотрели десятки фотографий с разных мероприятий и проектов не хотели мне верить)) Вот такие приключения ????????

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“Instead of asking some real questions, the officer decided to talk about our president,” she wrote in a February 23 Instagram post. “Finding out everything about my position, he started talking about the KGB. […] I started laughing, as I really thought it was a joke, until they asked me the same thing for a third time!”

Once in the room, Bonya claims that officers searched her wallet and found a card of a company that specializes in hidden surveillance cameras that she received at a large technology market in Moscow.

“I thought that I would get deported right away,” wrote Bonya. She says that she was released only after officers Googled her name and looked through her modeling photos on social media.

A well-known television personality in Russia, Bonya has more than 5 million followers on Instagram, where she posted photos of her shopping on Melrose Avenue and going to Ultimate Fighting Championship fights after her release.

In January, Bonya was among a group of Russian models that caused a stir when the management of a luxury resort in Dubai urged them to stop taking raunchy social media photos on their property.

A California representative of the Border Patrol and Air and Marine Operations said that LAX processes more than 35,000 people a day, but did not comment on the specifics of Bonya’s case in time for publication. He later added a statement saying the agency treats “all travelers arriving in the country with professionalism, dignity and respect.”