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Supermodel Irina Shayk prays for 'my angel, my love' - her Siberian grandmother

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03 December 2013


'I love you, and send you all my love'. Irina with her 'role model' grandmother Galiya. Picture: Irina Shayk's instagram

It is the latest of several visits by Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend, to be close to her granny Galina Shaykhlislamova whose health has sadly deteriorated. On 20 November she posted a message about the wartime heroine who served in military intelligence:  'Today is a very special day for me !its a bday of my grandma,my role model my angel my love!i love u very much !and praying for u to get better soon!happy 89bday'.

Eight days later she posted a picture of her grandmother explaining that Galina was 'a photolab assistant at 2nd Belorussian front, and a junior sergeant of the secret air regiment in Trans-Baikal', in Siberia. 

'So proud of my granny!!!we r all praying for your health !junior sergeant of secret air regiment!'

Earlier, on 1 November, she highlighted a picture of herself with her granny saying in Russian -  'samoe glavnoe v gizni eto vashi blizkie u lybimie' - the most important thing in life is your relatives and loved ones'.

On the same day: 'All my prays goes to my grandmother who is sick. God will look after her and I hope she gets better ! i love u and send u all my love.'

Supermodel Irina Shayk prays for 'my angel, my love' - her Siberian grandmother

Supermodel Irina Shayk prays for 'my angel, my love' - her Siberian grandmother

Supermodel Irina Shayk prays for 'my angel, my love' - her Siberian grandmother

Galiya Shaykhlislamova with granddaughter Irina in her flat in the town of Sibay. Pictures: rina Shayk's instagram, The Siberian Times 

Newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda reported today - 2 December - 'Supermodel Irina Shayk had to urgently change her plans and dash to Russia. Her grandmother Galiya (Galina) Shaykhlislamova's health deteriorated, she's gone into a coma.'

The supermodel was partly raised by her grandmother when her mother worked at two jobs, day and night, to support the family. In Sibay, in the Republic of Bashkortostan, nudging Siberia, Irina 'is spending days by grandmother's bed, praying for her health'.

On an earlier visit in the summer the supermodel posted a picture showing the 'oladushki' (small round thick pancakes) that her granny made for her in the morning. 'I am so proud of her. She is making my favourite oladushki in the morning. How blissfully happy I am to have the best grandmothers in the world', she wrote. 

Her grandmother's amazing story was highlighted by The Siberian Times in August 2012 

Supermodel Irina Shayk prays for 'my angel, my love' - her Siberian grandmother

Supermodel Irina Shayk's father

Irina's grandmother Galiya and late father Valery. Pictures: The Siberian Times

As we wrote, the lives of granddaughter and grandmother could scarcely be more different: at the same age as Irina was when she began wowing the West, Galina had begged to be enlisted, and was deployed as an intelligence agent by Stalin on the frontline of the Red Army's surge through eastern Europe, her role to pinpoint key Nazi troop and strategic targets for the air force to bomb or the army to rout.

'I was 18 and training to be a teacher when I first asked to join up,' she recalled. 'My father was reported as missing in Leningrad - later we learned he had died - and at first they refused, saying I should study at the Air Force Academy. So I started studying and eventually joined the front in 1944.'

This was no ordinary training. 'It was the military and aviation school of the intelligence services,' said Natalya Kodakova, author of a book on wartime heroes which features Galina. 'When she graduated with honours  in 1944 she was sent to the front as part of the intelligence department.'

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