It just may be a woman who provides the equivalent of Nixon’s Oval Office tapes to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
The New York Times is reporting that Anastasia Vashukevich, also known as Nastya Rybka, claims she has over 16 hours of audio recordings that include discussions regarding the 2016 presidential election. Vashukevich, 21, is an escort from Belarus who says she is close to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Deripaska is the man to whom Paul Manafort is in hock to the tune of $17 million. She declined to identify the people who were in the aforementioned discussions with Deripaska.
According to Ms. Vashukevich, she was working as a model when she and several other models were sent to Deripaska’s yacht, where he was meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko and other, unnamed people. Those other people spoke fluent English, and Vashukevich thought they were American. During the day on the water, Vashukevich took photographs and video, which she later posted on social media.
Vashukevich, who wrote a book titled Who Wants to Seduce a Billionaire, is currently behind bars in a Thai prison after being arrested for working without a visa at a sex-training seminar in Pattaya, a city known for its adult entertainment scene. She asserts that she was not working at the event and was only there as an observer. During an interview on Monday at the Immigration Detention Center in Bankok, she told reporters, “They were discussing elections. Deripaska had a plan about elections. … But I can’t tell you everything.”
Fearing a return to Russia, Vashukevich is seeking asylum in the United States. “If America gives me protection, I will tell them everything I know. I am afraid to go back to Russia. Some strange things can happen.”
Although it would be easy to dismiss her offer as the empty promise of a desperate woman, it gains traction in a video investigation posted last month on YouTube by Aleksei Navalny, opposition leader of the Progress Party and thorn in Vladimir Putin’s side. The video relies heavily on photographs and videos provided by Vashukevich. Russia has tried to block the video, which currently has over 6 million views.
Asylum seekers generally have to apply for asylum in the country where they hope to take refuge. At this juncture, the American Embassy in Bangkok acknowledged the arrest but has issued no statements on the case or the request for asylum.
This is an ongoing story; and it’s anyone’s guess how it will end. But if asylum is granted (and that’s a BIG if, given our current administration), wouldn’t it be fitting that Trump and his minions are undone by a female prostitute? I think it’s called Karma.