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Posted: Tue, 13 Mar 2018 05:59:02 GMT

A YOUNG Russian sex worker claims she can reveal the truth about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Russia. All she wants in exchange is asylum in the United States.

Anastasia Vashukevich, who also goes by the name Nastya Rybka, was arrested earlier this month on the accusation of working without a permit in the city of Pattaya, Thailand.

The 21-year-old model was allegedly running a “sex training” seminar while on a tourist visa.

In an Instagram post advertising a class on the art of seduction, she wrote: “It doesn’t matter who you are now: a poor student, an oligarch, a janitor, a businessman, a miner, or an FSB agent. What is the point if you don’t have the woman you dream about next to you, or who the whole world dreams about?”

The post includes a Russian telephone number that can be called through WhatsApp.

Ms Rybka is now begging not to be sent back to Russia, claiming the government in Moscow was responsible for her imprisonment, and that her life would be in danger if she returned.

Last month Alexei Navalny, an anti-corruption activist and one of Vladimir Putin’s most high-profile opponents, published a video on YouTube accusing Oleg Deripaska, one of Russia’s richest men, of bribing a top government official with prostitutes.

“We’ll talk of bribes, yachts ... oligarchs, prostitutes and even Russia’s involvement in the American elections,” says Mr Navalny in the 25-minute video. “Did that make you intrigued? All right, take a seat, buckle up, get ready.”

The popular video, which has amassed over 6.5 million views since it was posted, made reference to footage Ms Rybka had posted on her own Instagram account months prior.

Her footage featured two men — Mr Deripaska and Russia’s deputy prime minister Sergei Prikhodko — discussing America’s relationship with Russia on the yacht, as well as numerous other photos and videos of the yacht. It appeared the men did not know she was posting this content to social media, and it sat in her feed for months unnoticed.

Later Mr Deripaska successfully sued for the video to be removed from Instagram as an invasion of his privacy.

Following her arrest in Thailand last month, Ms Rybka claimed she had been arrested by the Russian government as payback for uploading the footage.

She also claimed she had up to 18 hours of recordings, and promised to release them in exchange for “protection” from the Russian government.

Ms Rybka posted several live Instagram videos begging the wider international community for help, and alleged she had proof of Russian interference in the US election.

“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 one video, while driving through the streets.

“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.”

In another post, she begs: “Please USA save us from Russia! All this cases are political repressions!

“I appeal to all media, journalists who work using my materials to spread all the information and investigate this strange situation.

“Thai immigration is dancing to the tune of Russia and in fact will simply kill us if Thailand gives us to Russia. We have no more money — we spent everything on bail.”

A key question is whether Ms Rybka is bluffing to serve her own interests. “She’s clearly self-interested — she’s trying to avoid deportation back to her home country of Belarus and is asking the US to extradite her in exchange for her information,” reports Vox. “She also has a history of bizarre self-promotional stunts.”

But — as Vox also notes — while there’s so far no proof Ms Rybka has any recordings beyond the first one she posted, Moscow has been quick to act.

The Russian government has blocked Mr Navalny’s website, and threatened to block YouTube and Instagram throughout the entire country, according to The New York Times.

Amid all this, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is conducting a wideranging investigation to determine whether Mr Trump’s campaign colluded with Moscow to help elect him.

Last month Mr Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies for allegedly backing Mr Trump’s campaign, maligning his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and engaging in other election interference.

Mr Putin has dismissed the allegations, telling NBC News last week: “So what if they’re Russians? There are 146 million Russians. So what?

“I don’t care. I couldn’t care less ... They do not represent the interests of the Russian state.”

Mr Mueller issued a 37-page indictment against the Russians but Mr Putin indicated he has seen no evidence thus far that the alleged meddling broke any US law.

America’s leading intelligence agencies concluded last year that Mr Putin himself had directed a broad intelligence effort to influence the US election to undermine Ms Clinton’s campaign and boost Mr Trump’s chances, but Mr Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Moscow.

with wires

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