Russian police are investigating a 'threat to the life' to the baby son of beauty queen Oksana Voevodina, a child believed to have been fathered by the ex-king of Malaysia.
Voevodina, who won Miss Moscow in 2015, has called for 'state protection', claiming she was warned through a friend that six-month-old Leon is in 'mortal danger'.
The 27-year-old says she has moved from her home in the Russian capital to another city because she fears for the life of her baby.
Ms Voevodina said she was urged with withdraw a lawsuit to establish the paternity of the child, halt her legal moves for alimony, and stop speaking to the media, according to reports in Moscow.
The alleged threats come amid a deeply acrimonious post-divorce dispute between the wealthy ex-king, Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan, 50, and the glamorous Russian model.
Ms Voevodina has repeatedly spoken to MailOnline to make her argument that her child was fathered during her marriage to the Malaysian royal who subsequently dumped her and 'cruelly' questioned the paternity of her child.
She claims she was recently summoned to a meeting in a Moscow restaurant by an 'unknown woman' who contacted her via her father, a surgeon.
Ms Voevodina did not go herself, but sent a friend who claims to have recorded a 40-minute conversation.
The female friend was claims she was warned: 'Oksana should think hard about what she is doing.
'She is not right to keep speaking to the media.'
The woman told of disquiet that the scandal was being discussed not only in Russia and Malaysia but elsewhere including Geneva where the sultan is a regular visitor.
The woman claims she was told: 'She (Oksana) has many secret enemies, so she must withdraw her lawsuit from the court.
'She must cut her expenses. She needs to gain some time, the boy's life now depends on it.
'There are people who are very interested in this child, and he is so small and not protected ...
'I have information that he is in danger, and the situation is escalating ....'
Ms Voevodina has hired leading lawyer and human rights expert Ivan Melnikov, according to reports today in Russia Today (RT) and Komsomolskaya Pravda (KP).
'During the conversation, the woman several times said that Leon was in mortal danger, and Voevodina could prevent the threat to his life by withdrawing her lawsuit against her ex-spouse to recover alimony, and stopping her appearances in the media,' he said.
He called for a full scale investigation.
RT said that law enforcement had confirmed a preliminary investigation was launched into the alleged threat against her child under article 144 of the Russian criminal code.
The model said she has moved to a 'safer place'.
'Of course, I do not intend to divulge this place,' he said.
'I hope for help, assistance and protection from our law enforcement bodies and the state.'
She called for an investigation into the 'threats' and for 'appropriate measures' to be taken.
She told KP: 'For the sake of my son, I had to leave for another city, which, of course, I keep secret.
'I don't know where the threats come from, and I really hope for the protection of our law enforcement bodies and the state.
'But it was very indicative for me that when there are thousands of restaurants in Moscow, and this meeting took place in the building where the Moscow law office of my ex-husband is located …'
Meanwhile she posted: 'Everything has its value, except health, children, parents and freedom.
'Even honour can be bought by paying the right people or the media...'
Palace sources in Kelantan state today declined to comment on the reports when contacted by MailOnline, claiming the matter is 'unrelated' to them.
Malaysian sources said earlier that the relationship broke down after the sultan became upset that his marriage to Miss Moscow 2015 had become public knowledge.
They also claimed he was shocked that following a Moscow wedding ceremony in November 2018 - five months after their Islamic nuptials - that newspapers revealed she had taken part in a lurid TV reality show when it was claimed she had sex in a swimming pool in Mexico with a male actor.
He abdicated his throne in January after details leaked in Russia of his secret marriage to Oksana.
Five months later he abruptly ended the royal marriage using the harshest form of Islamic divorce.
She insisted she heard about it from the Internet.
The palace claimed she refused twice to have a DNA test on the child, something she denies, stressing she is ready anytime.
She has told the former monarch that the baby is 'a copy of you'.
He was conceived on an Australian royal holiday after their secret Islamic wedding in 2018, she said.
Ms Voevodina has enraged the sultan by releasing images of their intimate moments before they split.
The couple are now locked in a feud over a financial settlement, with the palace portraying the Russian as a gold digger, claiming she had demanded an £8 million London house as well as a £1.2 million Moscow flat and £24,000-a-month.
The Sultan has offered a package worth around £275,000 but this was dependent on Ms Voevodina's child being raised a Muslim, and a promise that the boy and his mother should never contact the royal, MailOnline revealed.
She has rejected his offer.
He imposed draconian curbs on her use of social media and made clear he would not publicly admit he was the father of the half-Russian child.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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