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Model claiming Trump secrets ’dragged’ into Russian detention

MOSCOW: A Belarusian model who claimed she had proof of Russian collusion with the Trump election campaign was in custody Friday after police “dragged” her from a transit zone in Moscow’s airport, her lawyer told AFP.

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By AFP

Saturday 19 January 2019, 10:20AM


Detained Belarusian model Anastasia Vashukevich, (L) known by her pen name Nastya Rybka with Russian seduction guru Alex Kirillov (R) leave Thai immigration department in Bangkok on Thursday (Jan 17). Photo: Lillian Suwanrumpha / AFP

Detained Belarusian model Anastasia Vashukevich, (L) known by her pen name Nastya Rybka with Russian seduction guru Alex Kirillov (R) leave Thai immigration department in Bangkok on Thursday (Jan 17). Photo: Lillian Suwanrumpha / AFP

Anastasia Vashukevich, known as Nastya Rybka, was in jail in southern Moscow after being detained with several others at the airport.

They flew in after being deported from Thailand where they had spent a year in prison for participating in a “sex training course”.

A Russian lawyer representing Vashukevich branded the arrest an “international scandal”, saying his client had “committed no crimes” and was planning to travel on to Belarus.

Instead she was “moved from the transit zone onto the Russian territory by unidentified law enforcement employees”, said Dmitry Zatsarinsky.

He said employees in civilian clothes “dragged her out of the transit zone” and added that he was planning to lodge an official complaint.

Zatsarinsky posted a video on his Instagram that shows five or six men trying to force a young woman resembling Vashukevich into a wheelchair as she tries to break free.

They then abandon their efforts and simply carry her through what appear to be one-way double doors typically used in airports.

Vashukevich was convicted in Thailand earlier this week after nearly a year in jail following her arrest in a seaside resort of Pattaya.

She pleaded guilty to multiple charges including soliciting and illegal assembly.

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Vashukevich was a part of a group participating in a seminar led by Russian self-styled seduction guru Alex Kirillov. The court convicted her and seven co-defendants.

She had travelled to Thailand after sparking a political scandal when she posted a video allegedly showing tycoon Oleg Deripaska and an influential Russian deputy prime minister relaxing on a yacht.

Deripaska later sued her for invasion of privacy.

While in Thai custody, she claimed she had information about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections and pleaded for US help, fearing prosecution in Russia.

Zatsarinsky said that some people in the group had been deported to Belarus via Ukraine, rather than Russia, and faced no problems at the airport in Kiev.

Russian police late Thursday confirmed Russian and Belarusian citizens were detained in Sheremetyevo airport on arrival from Thailand as part of an ongoing probe into “coercing into prostitution”.

 

On Friday morning, two men and two women remained in police custody, the interior ministry said, Russian agencies reported.

 

 

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Jor12 | 23 January 2019 - 16:11:56

Why?

christysweet | 23 January 2019 - 10:17:35

Check out Rachel Maddow's report on this subject.  Seems Ms Rybka is now as contrite as can be, and reportedly has been released from custody. Meanwhile Rusal had sanctions lifted and Derispaka's ownership increased- all more evidence the US Senate is Putin owned.

Jor12 | 22 January 2019 - 20:24:58

It's because of the silly comments that are made so a balance in reporting is definately required, unless you prefer the banal nonsense to go unchecked? Read the comment...the Russians can read the news. 

Rorri_2 | 22 January 2019 - 13:52:39

Wow, our two rabid canines jumped on that one quick, attach, attack, attack, is all they are good for, I for one would ask, how the Russians knew she was on the aircraft, after all she had not, technically, entered Russia, so how did they know? Perhaps our attack hounds can answer that.

DeKaaskopp | 21 January 2019 - 21:42:38

Wondering what the first commenter is trying to say !?!?

Jor12 | 21 January 2019 - 14:37:59

wow...how did you know that? They could have read PN or any other publication and found out.

robertcoble | 19 January 2019 - 12:38:24

The only reason she was arrested i. Moscow was the Thai government turned her in. 

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