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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Valuables Worth $2M Stolen From Miss Russia

City Crime Statistics
January 16 - January 22*
Theft (total)779226
Apartment burglaries993
Car theft215
For the Record
Car accidents170
    a) killed13
    b) injured172
Public drunkenness3,379
    a) detained overnight323
Missing persons51
Bodies discovered71
*City police said statistics for Jan. 16 were missing due to technical problems.
Source: Moscow police

Thieves broke into the elite central Moscow residence of a former Miss Russia last Friday and made off with cash and valuables estimated at almost $2 million, authorities said.

Viktoria Lopyreva, winner of the 2003 Miss Russia pageant, told police that burglars had robbed her three-room apartment on Zoologicheskaya Ulitsa, near the Barrikadnaya metro station, making off with a variety of valuables, including a watch collection, police spokeswoman Yelena Perfilova said.

Perfilova said police were investigating the burglary but declined to give further details.

A law enforcement source told RIA-Novosti, however, that in the police report Lopyreva estimated the value of the stolen property at 50 million rubles, or $1.9 million.

Lopyreva could not be reached for comment Tuesday. In an interview with Izvestia, published Monday, she said she had left the apartment for several hours Friday evening to take part in a television program and returned to find that the apartment had been ransacked.

Lopyreva said in the interview that she would forgive the burglars if they used their filthy lucre to save someone's life. She told the newspaper that she was particularly upset about the stolen jewelry and watches.

"As a person of faith I know that even if the burglary were committed out of severe necessity -- such as to pay for someone's medical treatment -- I seriously doubt [the jewelry and watches] would help with this," she told the newspaper.

It was unclear whether Lopyreva owned the three-room apartment. The law enforcement source told RIA-Novosti only that Lopyreva lived there. The average monthly rent for apartments in the building is around $15,000, Noviye Izvestia reported.

In other celebrity-stolen-watch news, transport police in Novosibirsk returned a Breguet watch to singer Filipp Kirkorov that had been stolen from the pop star during a concert in the Siberian city in November.

Police returned the watch, worth an estimated 98,000 euros ($195,000), to Kirkorov via his manager, Konstantin Martyushov, Interfax reported.

"Because Filipp has a very tight schedule -- he's completely tied up with preparing our young talent for Eurovision and is constantly abroad -- he could not help with the investigation in Novosibirsk, even though he really wanted to," Martyushov told Interfax.