The medic said: “While the investigation is going on, we cannot comment.

“But the woman took all the necessary examinations, and had her tests done.”

Maria Delyukina

There were no indications that she was allergic to the anaesthetics, or that she could suffer dangerous reactions, he added, saying he did all he could to save her life.

Russian reports named the anaesthetic that led to the woman’s convulsions as German-made Ubistesin.

The doctor,55, came to the Soviet Union with his diplomat parents, and stayed on after they left studying medicine in Russia.

He has a ‘great reputation’ in the city, according to local reports, conducting more than 5,000 plastic surgery operations.