A Belorussian woman and nine companions from Russia and Belarus who are in jail for sex-related activity in Thailand sent a letter to the US Embassy in Bangkok pleading for asylum in exchange for alleged criminal evidence of Russians who may be linked to President Trump and US election meddling.
The 10 detainees include Anastasia Vashukevich, a Belorussian self-reputed “mistress” of Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, their handwritten signed letter said.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodkho and Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny were also named in their letter, which claimed “US relations with Russia” and “very important information for USA” were included in the evidence they claim to hold.
“We have photo-video-audio of crymes [sic] of Russian government. And I give them USA if you help us,” the letter said according to Khaosod English, a Thailand-based online news service which published a photograph of the letter reviewed by Asia Times.
Addressed “To USA Consul”, it was written by Alexander Kirillov, a Russian also known as Alex Lesley, who was jailed along with the others. The letter did not reveal specific evidence or details to support their claim.
It was delivered on February 28 by Pavlo Yunko who said he attended the “awesome…really fun” sex lessons that were recently upended by Thai authorities.
The “political asylum” request came the same day Thailand’s 2014 coup leader Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha met in Bangkok with the visiting Russian security council secretary and former Federal Security Service director Nikolai Patrushev.
They talked about bilateral tourism and security but it was not publicly known if they discussed the 10 jailed people.
The 10 tourists were arrested on February 25 in Pattaya, a notoriously sleazy beach resort on the Gulf of Thailand where they allegedly participated in illegal lessons about sex, taught by Kirillov.
Thai officials said they received complaints about the US$700 week-long class and, after raiding the meeting, arrested the 10 for visa violations and working without a permit.
Foreigners working without a permit can be jailed up to five years but are usually fined and deported, which is what the group of 10 now fear.
Vashukevich calls herself Nastya Rybka on her Instagram account (@nastya_rybka.ru), where she introduces herself to more than 100,000 followers as “Deripaska’s mistress.”
Her last update from jail on February 28 said “if we go back to Russia we will die in Russian’s [sic] prison or they will kill us.” One hour earlier, Vashukevich wrote: “Please USA help us not to die from Russians!”
Navalny, a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, “used our videos for his investigation” against various Russians, she claimed.
“In my book ‘Who wants to seduce a billionaire’ there are many facts that hurt influential people of several countries,” she wrote on February 23.
Her book, “The Diary of How to Seduce a Billionaire”, was published in 2017 and included falsely named characters in fake locations, but supposedly were easy to decipher.
Anti-Putin activist Navalny assumed she had written about her presence with her oligarch lover Deripaska and the powerful Deputy Prime Minister Prikhodkho on a yacht.
He apparently figured this out because she had separately posted online several photos of her time on the yacht with the two men, plus other details.
Navalny claimed “Deripaska in the book is called ‘Ruslan’ — his company is called Rusal — while Prikhodko is called ‘Daddy’ — the man to whom everyone, including the oligarch, defers,” reported The Daily Beast.
Vashukevich and the two men cruised together on the yacht during August 7, 2016 off Norway’s coast, according to Navalny.
During Navalny’s recent sensational video “investigation” into alleged corruption by Russians, he read from Vashukevich’s book where she supposedly portrayed the deputy prime minister:
“This is the gray eminence of the regime. [The] Richelieu of our time…There’s hardly any information on the internet, but since [former Russian President Boris] Yeltsin’s times, he’s been deputy prime minister and worked at the presidential administration.
“He writes pre-election speeches, presidential addresses to the assembly, he’s got a lot of awards…He’s the only one the president hasn’t dismissed yet, a long-term member of the government, he’s been among the top officials since the ’90s.
“That’s why they call him Daddy. He’s been responsible for Russia’s foreign policy for the government, he has very large influence,” Vashukevich’s book said, according to Navalny.
“The video investigation goes on to document some of the very expensive properties owned by the deputy PM, underscoring his alleged corruption in much the same way other Navalny videos have done with other officials, including Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev,” The Daily Beast reported in February.
President Trump is supposedly linked to all this through Washington lobbyist Paul Manafort who allegedly was paid by Deripaska beginning in 2005 and served as Trump’s campaign manager for a spell in 2016.
“At the very least, these two men [Deripaska and Manafort] know each other very well, and one has been getting money from the other,” Navalny reportedly said in his video.
Navalny then indicated — but provided no evidence – that Deripaska was transmitting valuable information about Trump and the presidential election to the Russian deputy prime minister, so Putin would be informed.
It all happened “on an oligarch’s yacht [with] a bunch of prostitutes. Yes there were several,” Navalny said in his video.
The video shocked Russians. But Vashukevich’s babbling on Instagram about her role as a sexy subversive — illustrated with gorgeous selfies of her duck mouth and G-stringed rear in various exotic locales — also pumped the scandal, prompting more conspiracy theories and allegations.
“This dubious woman Rybka [Vashukevich] has been breaking news about Prikhodko and Deripaska, using social networks, just as Navalny or Trump do. She has grown famous, instantly,” Olga Bychkova, deputy editor in chief of Echo of Moscow radio, told The Daily Beast.
Vashukevic has also poked at Americans. “Why is [Facebook founder] Mark Zuckerberg aiding in the removal of evidence, such important [sic] for his country?” she wrote on February 22, referring to Russia’s interference in the US 2016 elections.
She posted photos of herself posing without clothes while clutching a bed sheet in a Pattaya hotel on February 21.
Vashukevich was one of the instructors in the Pattaya sex class where she was introduced to an audience of about 30 fully clothed people, mostly men, who dramatically cheered and bowed down to her.
“My loyal subjects, honest toilers of aquariums and reservoirs meet their Queen, falling prostrate,” she wrote on February 21 on Instagram, linking a video of the celebratory audience. Some men wore the group’s T-shirt which said in big red letters, “Sex Animator” above a black arrow pointing down to their waist.