London, Apr 14 (ANI): Even though Kazakhstan-born Elmira Abdrazakova clinched Russia's top beauty pageant crown, to some she is "not Slavic enough".
The newly-crowned Miss Russia has told Sky News that she is still proud to represent her country, even after racial slurs accusing her of not being Russian enough.
Abdrazakova's father is Tatar, one of Russia's oldest ethnic minorities, and she was born in Kazakhstan, but she was brought up in Russia and considers herself thoroughly Russian, as do the authorities.
The 18-year-old has been targeted by critics online and received so many vitriolic messages after winning the competition she was forced to temporarily close her social networking sites.
One fairly typical message, still posted on a Russian news site, describes her as an "ordinary Azeri parsley seller" and says the user would not even glance in her direction.
Another said that she is "an ordinary market stall worker" and would be considered "a real beauty among sheep".
The new Miss Russia said that she had been shocked to read the messages.
"The nationality question - I don't really understand it, I don't understand why men would write to a young girl offensive things about her nationality," she said.
"It humiliates first of all not me, but those people who write it. It was bizarre for me when men were writing things like that to me, I was surprised we have people of that sort here," she added. (ANI)