Escort Who Said She Had Tapes of Russian Meddling
A Belarusian escort who has spent nearly a year behind bars in Thailand after claiming to have audio recordings linking Russia with President Trump’s election will be deported within days, officials said Wednesday.
Anastasia Vashukevich and seven others arrested with her pleaded guilty to charges of solicitation and conspiracy on Tuesday in the Pattaya Provincial Court.
The court sentenced them to three years in prison but reduced their sentences to time served.
They had faced up to 10 years on charges of indecency, conspiracy and belonging to a secret society.
plot and questions about the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 United States election.
Ms. Vashukevich and Alexander Kirillov, the Belarusian man she calls her seduction coach, were arrested last February while conducting a seminar on seduction at a hotel in Pattaya, a city about 70 miles south of Bangkok that is notorious for its adult entertainment.
Also arrested were several Russians attending the seminar.
As Ms. Vashukevich was being taken to jail that day in the back of a police truck, she posted a video of herself on Instagram saying she had information about Russian interference in the American presidential election.
She later said she had 16 hours of audio recordings that could help shed light on Russian meddling in the election and that she would hand them over to the United States in exchange for asylum.
Weeks before her arrest in Thailand, Ms. Vashukevich had come to public attention in Russia with the release of a video by Aleksei A. Navalny, a leading critic of the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin.
The video included photos and audio recordings from Ms. Vashukevich that she took during a brief affair she had with Oleg V. Deripaska, the Russian aluminum tycoon, while working as an escort aboard his yacht in 2016.
- 16 Jan, 2019
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