Story By: Anastasia Smirnova, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
The former Belarusian escort who claimed to have evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election has described how she first became an escort in her new autobiography.
Anastasia Vashukevich, known on social media by her nickname ‘Nastya Rybka,’ is a Belarusian escort, model and author who, while fearing death in a Thai jail, claimed to have evidence linking Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska and Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko to Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
At the time, Vashukevich said that she was close to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and business links to American consultant Paul Manafort, and had 16 hours of audio recordings from August 2016.
She claimed the recordings included Deripaska discussing the 2016 presidential election with other people, including three fluent English speakers who she believed were Americans.
After she was arrested in Russia, Vashukevich said she had sent the recordings to Deripaska in August 2018 without making them public, hoping he would be able to gain her release from prison.
In 2018, Deripaska won a legal case in Russia against Vashukevich for the invasion of his privacy by the public availability of videos and photos of the two of them together.
Vashukevich has recently released her autobiography where she details how she first became an escort.
In the book, she said that while she was a struggling model she wanted to buy an iPhone, but could not afford one on her income.
She also wanted to travel and lead a better lifestyle so she decided to find a handsome, rich man who could help make her dreams come true.
According to reports, she was ready for anything and she decided to move to Dubai because she heard that men are willing to spend fortunes on young women there.
She said: “Luxury is undeniably there, the level of money is completely different.
“I needed lonely and sad men who would stop feeling lonely and sad when next to me.”
The election whistleblower also reportedly said that she gave birth to a son when she was 18 who lives with his father and that she has not seen him for 18 months.
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