A self-styled model and sex expert linked to Russian oligarchs and the Kremlin has promised to reveal information about links between Russia and US President Donald Trump to get out of a Thai jail.
Anastasia Vashukevich, aka “Nastya Rybka”, an escort-service worker from Belarus who previously filmed herself on yacht trip with Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska and Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko, was detained in Thailand over the weekend in a police raid.
Vashukevich, who was hauled in after the raid on her “sex training” seminar, published Instagram videos while in custody on Tuesday asking US journalists and intelligence agencies to help her.
“I am the only witness and the missing link in the connection between Russia and the US elections – the long chain of Oleg Deripaska, Prikhodko, Manafort, and Trump,” she said in a live Instagram video on Tuesday.
“In exchange for help from US intelligence services and a guarantee of my safety, I am prepared to provide the necessary information to America or to Europe or to the country which can buy me out of Thai prison,” she added.
The video was apparently shot as she was driven in an open-air police van through the Thai resort city of Pattaya
Deripaska, with whom Vashukevich said she had an affair, used to employ former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who has been charged in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia collusion probe.
But Vashukevich provided no evidence on Tuesday to back up the claim that she had new information to offer related to the investigation.
A later post to her Instagram account showed her sitting on the floor of what was described as a Thai jail. She wrote in Russian that she was sick.
Vashukevich said in her video that she had already given an interview to US broadcaster NBC.
Representatives for Vashukevich and Deripaska didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. The Russian Foreign Ministry declined to comment.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny made Vashukevich famous last month after he broadcast old footage from her Instagram account showing an August 2016 yacht trip with Deripaska and Prikhodko.
Navalny used the footage to allege that Deripaska, a metals magnate, had bribed Prikhodko, one of Russia’s most influential government officials, with the luxury getaway accompanied by women from an escort service.
Navalny also speculated that Deripaska and Prikhodko may have served as a link between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign in 2016, though Vashukevich’s videos offered no proof.
According to emails described to The Washington Post last year, Manafort – who once worked for Deripaska – directed an associate to offer Deripaska “private briefings” about Trump’s presidential campaign. A Deripaska spokeswoman said he was never offered such briefings.
Prikhodko called Navalny a “political loser” whose investigation combined “the possible and the impossible.”
Deripaska said Navalny’s “allegations have nothing to do with reality” and sued Vashukevich for violating his privacy. A court ordered Instagram to remove some of Vashukevich’s posts.
According to her Instagram account, Vashukevich was in Dubai when Navalny’s video came out and then travelled to the Thai beach resort Pattaya.
On Sunday, according to Russian news reports, Thai police raided a sex seminar for Russian tourists in which Vashukevich was taking part. Attendees paid more than $600 each for a five-day course, Russian media said.
A video from a Thai morning news broadcast showed the police operation. Some of those detained were working without a permit, one of the TV hosts said. “Why do they have to use Thailand to teach this course?” he added.
Russian embassy consul Vladimir Sosnov told the RIA Novosti Russian state news agency that Vashukevich and several others had been detained for being part of an “illegal training session” and that she and her companions would be put on trial and deported.
But Vashukevich claimed on Tuesday that she’d been arrested on orders of Russian officials as payback for her video of Deripaska and Prikhodko and that she expected to be sent to Russia, where she’d be jailed again.
“Please USA save us from Russia!” said a post in English on her Instagram account. “All this cases are political repressions!”
Coincidentally or not, one of Russia’s most important security and intelligence officials was also in Thailand on Tuesday.
Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, former head of the Federal Security Service, held talks in Bangkok Tuesday on the security of Russian tourists, RIA reported.
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