Escort Nastya Rybka Says Russian Billionaire ‘Had Plan’ for U.S. Election, Offers Evidence in Exchange for Asylum

A Russian escort and a self-styled sex coach behind bars in Thailand are offering alleged documentation of an influential Russian figure talking about a “plan” for the U.S. presidential election in exchange for asylum.

Russian escort Nastya Rybka—whose real name is Anastasia Vashukevich—was arrested in Pattaya, Thailand, during a so-called “sex training” seminar last month. Belorussian-born Vashukevich, 21, claims she has recorded evidence of Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska and three unnamed Americans discussing the 2016 U.S. presidential election during several meetings, according to CNN.

“They had a plan for the election,” Vashukevich told the news channel in an interview Monday. “I am ready to help with an investigation if they help us get out of here.”

Vashukevich is being prosecuted in Thailand for visa violations and said she is afraid to be returned to Russia, fearing for her life. 

Vashukevich claims that she had an affair with Deripaska, an influential aluminum magnate with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Deripaska also has ties to Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman of President Donald Trump. Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates are being sued to the tune of $25 million by a company owned by Deripaska over failed business deals. Manafort also offered to give “private briefings” of the Trump campaign to Deripaska, according to The Washington Post

Manafort and Gates, who also worked for the Trump campaign, were both indicted for several financial crimes by the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller is probing ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during the election. Gates, who also admitted to lying to federal investigators, pleaded guilty in a deal to cooperate with prosecutors last month. Manafort pleaded not guilty.

Vashukevich’s connection to Deripaska was investigated by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The activist alleged Russian corruption in a video posted to YouTube that uses photos and videos taken by Vashukevich and posted to social media. Vashukevich’s posts allegedly show Deripaska and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko together on a yacht discussing U.S. politics.

“If America gives me protection, I will tell everything I know,” said Vashukevich to The New York Times on Monday. “I am afraid to go back to Russia. Some strange things can happen.”

In the interview, she claimed to have 16 hours of audio recordings from the yacht trip.

Deripaska has denied the allegation of an affair.

“This is clearly an attempt by Anastasia Vashukevich to politicize the accusations of the Thai police. There have been endless fictitious stories told by her, all serving to distract the public from real violations, including very serious breaches of law of many countries,” a spokesperson of Deripaska told CNN.

A similar yacht ride with a billionaire was described in a book written by Vashukevich called The Diary of How to Seduce a Billionaire. It now appears the billionaire she was describing in the book was Deripaska.

Asylum is typically sought while a person is in the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security, which deals with asylum, did not immediately return Newsweek’s request for comment.

Also seeking asylum is Alexander Kirillov, who was leading the “sex training” seminar.

A handwritten letter by Kirillov was allegedly delivered to the U.S. embassy in Thailand by an attendee of the seminar.

“We ask you political asylim [sic] and help us and protect us as quickly as possible, because we have very important information for USA and we risk our lives very much,” wrote Kirillov, according to CNN. “We have photo-video-audio of crymes [sic] of Russian government and I give them USA if you help us.”

Vashukevich has continued posting to Instagram during her incarceration.

“I’m ready to give you all the missing puzzle pieces, support them with videos and audios, regarding the connections of our respected lawmakers with Trump, Manafort and the rest. I know a lot. I’m waiting for your offers and I’m waiting for you in a Thai prison,” she said in an Instagram post on her way to jail.​