THE PAVILIONS PHUKET EPL Prediction Competition 2018-2019 Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Belarusian model claiming Trump secrets pleads not guilty in ‘sex training’ case

PATTAYA: A Belarusian model who sparked global intrigue after claiming she had evidence of Russian efforts to help Donald Trump win office today (Aug 20) pleaded not guilty to charges of running an illegal ‘sex training’ class in Pattaya.

crimeimmigrationsexRussian
By AFP

Monday 20 August 2018, 01:35PM


Anastasia Vashukevich has been detained in Pattaya since February when police raided a risque ‘sex training’ seminar in the seaside resort city of Pattaya. Photo: Thai News Pix / AFP / Krit Promsakla Na Sakolnakorn

Anastasia Vashukevich has been detained in Pattaya since February when police raided a risque ‘sex training’ seminar in the seaside resort city of Pattaya. Photo: Thai News Pix / AFP / Krit Promsakla Na Sakolnakorn

Anastasia Vashukevich, better known by her pen name Nastya Rybka, has been detained in Pattaya since February when police raided a risque seminar in the seaside resort.

Vashukevich had travelled to Thailand after becoming embroiled in a political scandal with Russian aluminium tycoon Oleg Deripaska, a one-time associate of Trump’s now-disgraced former campaign director Paul Manafort.

She set off a scramble for details after she promised in an Instagram video to reveal “missing puzzle pieces” on claims the Kremlin aided the US President’s 2016 election victory.

No material has been released to substantiate her claims, and critics have accused her of a publicity stunt.

Vashukevich and her seven co-defendants arrived at the Pattaya court today for a pre-trial hearing on the charges that include unlawful assembly and conspiracy.

Police initially charged the group with work permit violations but later alleged the seminar, led by self-styled Russian seduction guru Alex Kirillov and ostensibly a course training participants to be better lovers, was actually intended to arrange paid sex for participants.

Photos of course participants in detention after the February raid showed them wearing T-shirts that said ‘sex animator’.

Kirillov, who has served as a spokesperson for the mostly-Russian group because he speaks English, told the court that all eight defendants were pleading not guilty.

“We did not commit any crimes,” he said. “What we do is training on how to seduce men and women. We do not make any sexual activity.”

Vashukevich cried after the prosecutor showed a photo of several of her co-defendants hugging at a nightclub after a training session.

“Why was I arrested? Why am I here?” she said.

The next hearing has been set for August 27.

Both Washington and Moscow have publically shrugged off Vashukevich’s story, which US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert described as “bizarre”.

Additional legal troubles are also awaiting Vashukevich and Kirillov back in Russia, where Deripaska won an invasion of privacy lawsuit against the duo last month.

They were ordered to pay $8,000 (B265,280) each to Deripaska, who sued them after a video apparently filmed by Vashukevich surfaced which appeared to show the tycoon holidaying with Sergei Prikhodko, an influential Russian deputy prime minister at the time.

Kremlin-connected Deripaska and Manafort did business together in the mid-2000s, The New York Times reported last year, but their relationship broke down into legal wrangling.

Manafort is awaiting a verdict in his own trial on fraud and tax evasion charges in the US state of Virginia.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Kata Rocks ends the use of plastic straws

I am sorry hinny,but where did i defend Thailand and his environmental problems in my comments? I wa...(Read More)


Australia kills four sharks after tourist attacks

So 4 poor sharks die for nothing. About the same as police going and shooting 4 street dogs after a...(Read More)


Kata Rocks ends the use of plastic straws

So your argument is Singapore is less considerate towards the environment than Thailand as they use ...(Read More)


Final preparations being made to raise ’Phoenix’

"Can't wait until the news of the final salvage is posted on here or why needing a daily up...(Read More)


Japanese tourist, 62, drowns at Karon Beach

Yeah...lifeguards at Karon are pathetic...lazy and not worthy of the job they hold. Just beach bums ...(Read More)


Final preparations being made to raise ’Phoenix’

Can't wait until the news of the final salvage is posted on here or why needing a daily update o...(Read More)


Kata Rocks ends the use of plastic straws

But if they are so environmentally aware hinny,how come they still using plastic straws at all in Si...(Read More)


Final preparations being made to raise ’Phoenix’

"Kurt why you dont just go there and find it out by yourself" what is wrong with kurt aski...(Read More)


Police arrest three drug suspects on the same Phuket Town street

The problem with any Thai "mafia" is they are often protected by high level officials....(Read More)


Police arrest three drug suspects on the same Phuket Town street

"Are people really thinking arresting drug-lords would change something" makes a lot more ...(Read More)


 

Melbourne Cup 2018