Russian Model Was Paid By Oligarch To Remain Quiet About Russian Meddling
Russian model Anastasia Vashukevich, also known as Nastya Rybka, recently claimed to have evidence about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Now, she says that information is no longer available, the result of a payoff made to the model by a Russian oligarch.
Vashukevich was arrested at a sex training seminar in Pattaya in February and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on charges of soliciting and conspiracy to solicit.
In an interview with The Associated Press, the model said she turned over audio recordings to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. The model originally claimed the tapes clearly demonstrated the oligarch’s own involvement in Russian meddling with the U.S. elections.
The model originally claimed she provided “escort services” to the oligarch, a close ally to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
After being paid for her silence, Vashukevich said she had promised Deripaska she would no longer speak on the matter.
“He promised me a little something already,” Vashukevich said. “If he do that then there will be no problem, but if he don’t …” she ended with a smile.
The escort claims to have kept “some audio, some video” in case the deal falls through.
Vashukevich originally asked the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok for help but provided no proof of her claims. In April, she apologized to Deripaska and attacked the Americans for persecuting her.