A state official in Vladimir Putin’s government has allegedly been fired after she posed nude for Playboy.

27-year-old Anna Anufrieva is said to have caused “public discord” across Russia with her photos due to her position in the government’s civil service. Her photos were entered in Playboy’s Woman of the Year competition in the hope of winning a place in the magazine’s annual calendar.

Earlier, the former civil servant had accused Russian society of hypocrisy, asking: “Why is it only models, actresses, fitness coaches and bloggers who are allowed to reveal their bodies?”

However, Ms Anufrieva insists she was not fired due to her nude photos, and instead chose to leave. “I made a decision to leave,” Anna admitted before going on to say: “I think its unethical to discuss why I decided to do so as I respect my employer and don’t want to go into details.”

“I like nude photography and I find the the harmonious female body a form of perfection, so please don’t judge but just enjoy it.”