A Belarusian ‘sex trainer’ who made claims about collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Moscow has been freed from police custody in Russia.
Model Anastasia Vashukevich, also known as Nastya Rybka, has said she has secrets about Russia’s attempts to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election.
The 28-year-old self-described "sex expert" was arrested at a Moscow airport on suspicion of prostitution offences last Thursday after being deported from Thailand.
She was jailed there for almost a year for soliciting and still faces a trial in Russia – where authorities have accused her of forcing women into prostitution – following her release from custody on Tuesday.
Russian authorities have said they suspect her of forcing women into prostitution, a charge that carries a jail sentence of up to three years.
Vashukevich has previously said she was in possession of recordings of conversations on interference in the US election through an association with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a former business associate of Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Deripaska’s representatives have accused her of fabrication and said she was never his mistress.
In March last year, Vashukevich claimed to CNN in a jailhouse interview that she witnessed meetings in 2016 and 2017 between Deripaska and at least three unnamed Americans.
She suggested her life was in danger due to what she allegedly knew.
She told CNN at the Bangkok Immigration Detention Centre: "They can kill me here or in Russia."
She had promised to hand over hours of audio recordings if the US granted her asylum.
Vashukevich appeared in a Moscow court on Saturday and apologised to Deripaska for hurting his reputation.
In Thailand, Vashukevich was arrested in Pattaya in February last year, and was jailed for 18 months, along with seven co-accused, after admitting solicitation for running ‘sex training’ sessions.
The group was led by self-styled sex guru Alexander Kirillov.
The seven were arrested when Ibis hotel staff heard strange noises coming from a conference room, where about 30 Russian tourists had paid £450 to take part in the course.
Male and female instructors demonstrated how to make their partner climax.
Vashukevich was released on parole, deported last Thursday and promptly arrested when she arrived in Russia.
She had planned to catch a connecting flight to Minsk but was detained and taken to a police station.
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