A Top Russian Teacher
is under investigation after an explicit photo leaked showing her getting intimate with a teenage student.
Irina Ibragimkhalimova, 41, a deputy head, is seen in the intimate photo with Valeria Fedorova, 17. It is alleged that they were carrying on a lesbian affair and alleged messages between the pair have also been revealed.
"Valeria and her teacher Irina are suspected of having a true sexual affair and this is supported by the evidence picked up in the social networks of both," a local news website reported.
"Screenshots prove that they posted many pictures where they were together, hugging and kissing each other, and one particular photo posted by the teacher is really intimate making everyone think they did have sex."
But Valeria, now 18, has denied the affair, claiming the alleged images were photo shopped.
The student said: "I have spoken to Irina Ibragimkhalimova and she says she does not have this kind of underwear as in the pictures. It looks very old."
She had never seen her teacher wear "this strange male-style shirt", she said.
"And look the the breasts, I am sorry, this is not my size at all, they made it up," she told Mash news outlet.
Police said: "If the information about a love affair between the teacher and the teenager is proved, a decision about launching a criminal investigation will be made without delay."
The case has been handed to the Investigative Committee which examines serious crimes. A full scale investigation was launched into the conduct of Ibragimkhalimova, also a Biology teacher, who has not commented on the scandal in Borovichi, 275 miles northwest of Moscow.
Both the teacher - who has an adult son - and student have deleted their accounts, it was reported. They both admit to being "friends" and are backed by head teacher Lyudmila Krupkina.
"Irina was a good friend to her student from earlier years," said Krupkina, who claimed the leak of images could be linked to blackmail.
However, police indicated there was no sign of blackmail.
A leaked message allegedly from the teacher to the student read: "I’m asking nothing from you…
"It seems to me that I know you. I feel you. I love you.
"Words are useless here…..my heart is beating like mad."
Valeria, who was 17 when the "affair" is supposed to have taken place, allegedly told her teacher: "The main thing in life is to meet somebody who understands you even when you keep silent! I LOVE YOU!"
A regional education ministry commented: "Representatives of the Investigative Committee of Borovichi district are working in this school now."
The student is due to be awarded a 'gold medal' for her studies in the school, which gives her a fast track into top Russian universities.
The teacher is "highly respected", say colleagues.