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Russian ‘sex trainer’ amid political scandal asks US embassy for asylum

BANGKOK: A Russian woman arrested in Pattaya for working illegally as a “sex expert” has appealed to the US embassy for asylum, claiming that she has sensitive information involving top Russian and US diplomats.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 1 March 2018, 01:47PM

The woman, Anastasia Vashukevich, who also goes by the name Nastya Rybka, was one of 10 Russians caught running sex training classes in the seaside tourist town of Pattaya and now faces deportation and being added to the Thai Immigration Bureau blacklist. (See story here.)

 The appeal for asylum comes as Ms Vashukevich faces deportation to Russia within 48 hours, reported The Telegraph. (See story here.)

While still in custody on Tuesday (Feb 27), Ms Vashukevich published Instagram videos asking US journalists and intelligence agencies to help her, reported The Washington Post.

“I am the only witness and the missing link in the connection between Russia and the U.S. elections — the long chain of Oleg Deripaska, Prikhodko, Manafort, and Trump,” Vashukevich said in a live Instagram video Tuesday, apparently recorded as she was driven in an police van through Pattaya.

“In exchange for help from U.S. 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.” (See story here.)

Ms Vashukevich, reported as an escort service worker from Belarus, gained public acquaintance after filming a yacht trip with Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska and Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko.

Ms Vashukevich said she had an affair with Mr Deripaska, the Post reported.

The meeting reportedly happened in August 2016, a month after Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort offered Mr Deripaska private briefings in an email seen by US media, reported The Telegraph.

Ms Vashukevich in her Instagram videos claimed that metals tycoon Mr Deripaska is seen discussing US relations with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Prikhodko on the yacht. The clips were published online by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, reported The Telegraph.

However, the Washington Post noted that Ms Vashukevich provided no evidence on Tuesday to back up the claim that she had new information to offer related to the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Mr Deripaska has said he previously employed Mr Manafort but did not receive briefings, and he has sued Ms Vashukevich and Mr Kirillov for violating his privacy, The Telegraph noted.

In a letter to the US consul seen by The Telegraph, Ms Vashukevich's partner, Alexander Kirillov, claims Ms Vashukevich had been Mr Deripaska's “mistress” for a year and alleges she has “important information” about the “crimes” of the Russian government, said The Telegraph in its report yesterday.

A spokesperson for Mr Deripaska denied she had been his mistress and said her claims were an attempt to “politicise the accusations of the Thai police”. Her “endless fictitious stories” distracted from her “real violations,” the spokesperson said.

However, Ms Vashukevich said plainly in one of her Instagram posts, “I'm ready to tell you about all the unsolved puzzles that you didn't have before, to confirm them with audio and video, relating to our honourable parliamentarians' ties with Manafort, Trump and all the clamour around the election in the United States. I know a lot.” (See Instagram posts here.)



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Kurt | 01 March 2018 - 15:19:36

Wow, globalisation is working. The world becomes smaller and smaller.

Seems the thai police, immigration, and 'Government in Bangkok' out of the blue get themselves involved in a big international problem to handle. Interesting. 
Get rid of the lady, quick, with a first class ticket to where ever she likes to go.
Guess section 44 offers outcome.  :-)

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