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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

MOSCOW -- A model whose alleged affair with a Russian oligarch made her an unexpected player in probes into Moscow's influence, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Thailand to charges linked to a "sex training" seminar, setting the stage for her deportation.

The model and self-described sex expert from Belarus, Anastasia Vashukevich, claimed that she ­recorded meetings between ­Russian metals magnate Oleg Deripaska and unspecified Americans in 2016 to discuss Russian interference in the U.S. election.

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"Vashukevich's claims about recording Deripaska were notable because the oligarch has ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and used to work with President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

In jail, she pleaded for U.S. help, saying she had information on ties between Russia and Trump. On Instagram, she claimed that she was "the only witness and the missing link in the connection between Russia and the U.S. elections."

Vashukevich, who has also gone by the name Nastya Rybka, and the others are now set to be deported from Thailand, a process that Thai officials say will take about five days.

It was not immediately clear where Vashukevich, a citizen of Belarus, would be sent. A friend, Gregory Kogan, said Vashukevich was hoping to be deported somewhere other than Russia.

A court document filed in the United States last week revealed that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has remained closely focused on Manafort's interactions with Russians during the campaign, including his communications with Konstantin Kilimnik, an employee of Manafort's political consulting firm. FBI has assessed that Kilimnik has ties to Russian intelligence.

Kilimnik also served as Manafort's liaison to Deripaska. In July 2016, Manafort wrote to Kilimnik and directed him to offer "private briefings" about the campaign to the Russian businessman. "

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#1 | Posted by Corky at 2019-01-16 01:41 PM | Reply

Like my recorded video of Sasquatch, we will all believe it when we see it.

#2 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2019-01-16 09:50 PM | Reply

If you had pics of yourself with Sasq on his yacht the with oligarch and the spy who loved Manafort, then we might think you also had a recording.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2019-01-17 12:34 AM | Reply

www.scmp.com

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2019-01-17 12:34 AM | Reply

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