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Calls for Sheikh Mohammed to save Russian cancer victim’s life.

Bika (left). Radha (centre) has written to Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum.

Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai has written a letter to Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, enclosing a heart breaking plea from Russian businesswoman Bika Magomedova.

Bika is suffering with cancer and needs a life saving hysterectomy, which she doesn’t have enough money to pay for in Dubai. Bika could get the operation done in Russia, but the Dubai authorities refuse to allow her to leave.

As previously reported, Bika fell victim to the mismanagement and greed of Dubai Properties LLC, and lost everything she owned. Bika had successfully run a salon for 17 years and was trying to open a bakery in an upmarket area of Dubai called JBR.

A string of unexpected extra costs were levied by Dubai Properties and their subsidiary Salwan LLC, caused Bika to lose her life savings and business, and forced her into getting a loan against the business. She was not allowed to open, even for one day before Salwan cancelled her lease.

The stress had a devastating impact on her health and the episode left her in debt. She survives on tiny amounts of money doing freelance nails for women she knows, and has no chance of ever paying back the loan of around $30,000. Under Dubai debt law, this means she can never leave the country.