CHONBURI PROVINCE, THAILAND (JANUARY 15, 2019) (REUTERS) – A Belarusian model and escort, who caused a stir last year after she was arrested in Thailand and said she had evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, turned up at a court in Pattaya on Tuesday (January 15).
Anastasia Vashukevich, who goes by the name Nastya Rybka online, was arrested along with fellow Belarusian Alexander Kirillov, a self-described sex coach, and a group of Russians during a raid on a ‘seduction seminar’ in February 2018.
After her arrest, Vashukevich said she would hand over hours worth of audio recordings that could shed light on links between Russian officials and U.S. President Donald Trump’s election if the United States granted her asylum. She claimed her link was to Oleg V. Deripaska, a Russian oligarch with alleged close ties to President Vladimir Putin and Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort.
The Belarusian pair, who arrived at court along with six Russian associates on Tuesday, are facing multiple charges, including conspiracy, soliciting, and working without a permit.
They pled not guilty after their arrest.