Russian dating scam photos

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The capital of the Mari-El republic, Yoshkar-Ola, is 500 miles east of Moscow and is still suffering from the collapse of its manufacturing industry after the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991.

In reality, "Anna" was part of a scam masterminded in Yoshkar-Ola, the scale of which was revealed last week to The Mail on Sunday by the FSB, the Russian secret service, after a series of raids.

Two of the men behind this particular scam - Sergey Chetverikov, 22, and Oleg Yelsukov, 24 - have now been brought to justice and are serving three years in prison.

But with the returns that can be made on these scams, the pair are likely to be back at work as soon as they get parole.

Really 'she' was conman Oleg Yelsukov, below, now in jail.

The photo was actually of Alsou, a Russian pop star and daughter of an oil tycoon "I was enraged that my photograph served the rotten purposes of these swindlers," she said."I wanted to take action myself at first when I discovered the scam."But then I realised our law-enforcement bodies could do it far better than me.

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