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A Jailed Model Claims to Have Evidence of Russian Meddling in U.S. Elections. Her Story Is Even Weirder Than You Think.

Rybka has spent the past several years as a protegee of pickup artist and seduction coach Alex Lesley-and picked up a plausible claim to 2016 election dirt along the way.

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Nastya Rybka/Facebook

By now you've probably heard about the Russian model trapped in a Thai jail who claims to have hard evidence of Russia meddling in America's elections. Over the past week, Nastya Rybka's story has been broadcast by major media outlets such as CNN and The New York Times—and largely received like just another gratuitous twist in the MAGA plotline, another pretty young thing who claims to have dirt on Donald Trump and has every reason in the world not to be trusted.

Rybka may turn out to know nothing at all about Trump, Russia, and election influence. But in theory, at least, she has a plausible claim to having obtained relevant dirt.

She left a trail of evidence of her 2016 affair with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska—a Vladimir Putin ally and Paul Manafort business associate—across Instagram, Periscope, and YouTube. These posts led Russian journalists to discover that Deripaska had been visited on his yacht off Norway by a high-ranking Russian official, and led Russian authorities to threaten to shut down YouTube and Instagram if they didn't remove reports on this. And the Russian official was far from the only important figure that Deripaska met while Rybka was around, she says.

Rybka now claims to have audio of Deripaska's conversations that could reveal information about Russia trying to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In a video from a Thai police car after her arrest, Rybka says she is "the only missing link in the chain related to Russia and elections in the United States"—a chain that links Deripaska, "Putin, and Trump"—and is "ready to provide" her evidence "to the United States, Europe, or any other country that can bail me out of Thai jail."

Since Rybka's story hit the U.S media, many have cast doubt on her claim by virtue of its timing, assuming it nothing more than a ruse to get out of trouble in Thailand. But Rybka—who has said her real fear is being sent back to Russia—was alluding to sensitive geopolitical information before her February 26 arrest.

Rybka/Instagram

"In my book 'Who wants to seduce a billionaire' there are many facts that hurt influential people of several countries," Rybka wrote in a February 22 Instagram post. "Some readers have reacted to it skeptically, believing that the book has artistic fiction. But friends, EVERYTHING there is a real story."

The real story of Nastya Rybka's involvement in geopolitical intrigue is far weirder than has been widely told and may be more benign than many would assume.

Seduction School Meets Geopolitics

Neither the 21-year-old Moscow model nor her mentor seem to be political people.

Rybka was hired with a cabal of other young models to socialize at one of Deripaska's yacht parties in 2016. She didn't know who he was at first, she said in a recent interview, but was interested in him because he was confident and powerful.

Born in Belarus as Anastasia Vashukevich, Rybka has spent the past several years as a protegee of the pickup artist and seduction coach Alex Lesley. Along with a few others, Rybka and Lesley fly around the world teaching sexual skills and seduction techniques to men and women. Their books (both have authored a few) and social media accounts serve as marketing for these classes, by providing evidence of their prowess at seduction.

But Rybka also seems to vacillate between viewing seduction as a "game" she is playing on poor billionaires and having a real attachment to her "victims." On Instagram, Rybka portrays herself not as a sex worker or companion-for-hire (as many places have reported) but a model, author, educator, and "huntress" with a passion for sex, travel, and collecting experience, not cash.

Nastya Rybka/Instagram

She calls herself "the Goldfish"—a nod to her status as a catch for wealthy men who like to go "fishing" for pretty young women—and can be found defending Harvey Weinstein and opining that only a "sexually ill society" attacks "healthy" oligarchs and politicians for "fishing and entertain[ing]…young girls. They give an opportunity to taste their fucking life with them!"

In a series of pre-arrest posts, Rybka details her feelings for Deripaska and her dealings with Progress Party leader (and fierce Putin critic) Alexei Navalny. Navalny revealed Rybka's affair with Deripaska in early February, as part of a story on Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko vacationing on Deripaska's yacht. He was able to tell the story thanks to audio and images Rybka had previously shared publicly online.

In an interview for Navalny's YouTube channel*, Rybka explained that the only reason she posted photos of her and Deripaska together and wrote books about her time with him was as a "seduction technique," to get his attention, because he had stopped contacting her. Rybka apparently recorded her Deripaska-seduction techniques in a series of three books, though only two have been published so far. A political friend read the second one and said "we're going to get killed if we publish it," so they held off, Rybka said.

Her first book "details her training in seduction by sex guru Lesley, whose real name is Aleksandr Kirillov, and subsequent interactions with ultra-wealthy and powerful men," writes Todd Ruiz at the Thai news site Khaosdenglish, which ran an English-language excerpt from the book in which Rybka explains how she got away with recording Deripaska. The recordings were Lesley's idea, so they could use her experience to teach about seduction.

In his interview for Navalny's channel, Lesley called himself a "seduction coach" and said the real story here is not the "political story" but that a girl from a humble roots in Belarus could get this powerful man's attention and that her seduction methods "worked on the oligarch."

You can watch these interviews for yourself below, and check out both Lesley and Rybka's social accounts. Perhaps it's all part of some bigger and yet untold con. But if their present tales are true, it would mean that in the middle of some sort of loopy pickup-artist pyramid scheme, they managed to unveil potential corruption within Russia and possibly even stumble on something much bigger.

Pleas From Prison

So what's next for Rybka and Lesley? Both were arrested, along with eight others, in the Thai town of Pattaya last week.

The arrests took place after a raid "while they were giving certificates in sexual skills to 43 compatriots in a Pattaya hotel room," according to the Bangkok Post. "A police investigation found that a Russian couple, who were among the arrested suspects, had set up an institute for sex science in Thailand." All were charged with being and working in the country without permission, and Thai immigration police ordered them deported.

Thai authorities say a customer dissatisfied with the course reported them. But in a letter to the U.S. consulate, Lesley has suggested that their arrests and subsequent treatment stem from talking about the information they have on powerful figures in Russia.

In the weeks before being arrested, Rybka's Instagram had taken a sudden political turn, ever since Navalney's reporting had thrust her into the spotlight. On February 21, for instance, she complained that Facebook was censoring a video which many say "is the missing link proving Russia's interference in US elections" and appealed to Americans to "deal with Zuckerberg! Now he decides—to hide or not the important clues for America."

"Oleg Deripaska told me that all people are corrupt, both the media and the Internet, are all biased, and I can see it now," Rybka's post continuted. "The world is ruled by the limited group of people who make decisions for billions! I stand up for freedom of dissemination of information, especially if it concerns the shadow games that can lead to the third world war and the destruction of the earth!" A few days earlier she had posted that "because of the Goldfish, the next world war will be unleashed."

More marketing hype? Perhaps. But even if that's all it is, it's possible Rybka's game was good enough that people in power believed her.

"We know that Russia made in 1 day some criminal case and asked Thailand to give us to Russia," Rybka posted to Instagram a few days after her arrest. "They tell that in 3-4 days Russians wait us. Don't give them us, please USA save us from Russia!"

In a subsequent post that same day, she wrote: "If we go back to Russia we will die in Russian's prison or they will kill us."

A U.S. citizen in touch with the group (whom Rybka designated on Instagram as her spokesperson) told me this morning that he was not allowed to visit Rybka and the others today and that he was told he can't for at least two more weeks because he helped bring in too many journalists earlier this week.

But while it remains to be seen whether any of Rybka's recordings are actually relevant to Trump's campaign or the U.S. election, is there anyone who would really be surprised one way or the other at this point? The past two years have been marked by ever-expanding political absurdity, a paradigm shift in geopolitical weirdness. It would be right in keeping with the general tenor of the Trump era if the key to this major geopolitical mystery was found in the Instagram posts of a small-town girl just trying to brag about how she seduced a Russian oligarch.

* Updated to reflect that Rybka and Lesley's interview was with an interviewer for Alexei Navalny's YouTube channel.

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  1. Ain’t no story like a side-boob story.

    1. Especially boobs so small that Chuck Schumer shows more.

      1. Smaller boobs are the bestest boobs.

        1. provided that they are perky.

          1. But that face of hers. It looks good in still photos, but in the video she looks kinda like a troll.

  2. So what’s next for Rybka and Lesley? Both were arrested, along with eight others, in the Thai town of Pattaya last week.

    The arrests took place after a raid “while they were giving certificates in sexual skills to 43 compatriots in a Pattaya hotel room,” according to the Bangkok Post. “A police investigation found that a Russian couple, who were among the arrested suspects, had set up an institute for sex science in Thailand.” All were charged with being and working in the country without permission, and Thai immigration police ordered them deported.

    Can we get in in-depth piece on their professional development program?

    Thanks.

  3. I cannot fucking wait until Steven Seagal gets involved.

  4. To: CNN

    Hillary still isnt gonna be President. Sorry.

    signed,
    Reality

    1. Feels good sucking the cock of power, huh?

      1. Disgraceful that people on a libertarian site support an authoritarian like Drumpf, isn’t it? I’m anti-authoritarian and anti-establishment, which is why I support Hillary Clinton.

        1. God you are so good at this.

          1. I disagree, she’s gotten much worse.

        2. That’s a dumb reason to support her. I supported her because I think basic competence is relevant for the most important job in the world.

          1. She’s certainly competent at silencing women who have been assaulted and raped by her hillbilly husband.

            She’s also competent at corruption.

          2. It never was supposed to be the most important job in the world. The president is not the King of the Iron Throne.

            1. People like Tony fetishize the presidency. For them, it’s just another form of monarchy.

          3. Her excuses when she gets into legal hot water end up being a claim of personal incompetence. With the server scandal for instance, she claimed her readon for having it was being unable to handle multiple e-mail accounts.

            She keeps telling us that she is not really corrupt because she is incompetent.

            1. “She keeps telling us that she is not really corrupt because she is incompetent.”

              Beyond a certain point, it becomes irrelevant whether that hag is a fool or a knave. She’s simply not competent in one way or the other to handle issues which affect me; I care not why.

        3. There is a lot about Trump I do not care for, but, in actuality, he is following the law & the Constitution way more than Obummy & Da Witch did….For example, his plea to have Congress fix DACA, which was unilaterally & illegally put in by Obummy!

      2. Sounds like you’re a man of experience. Or perhaps the butthurt still burns.

      1. This Lessig guy makes Rube Goldberg sound like a linear thinker.

      2. *masturbates to strong, independent woman*

      3. Still on that kick? It’ll be a cold day in hell before that happens.

    2. Harassing elderly women in their front yard,
      Digging through trash cans outside a troll farm,
      Accusing a guest of being drunk and saying, ON AIR, he smells of alcohol,
      Flying a reporter to interview a Russian prostitute in a Thai prison…

      THIS is CNN

      (Btw, maybe your guy could stop by New Zealand to interview Kimdotcom about his credible claim that he has information regarding the DNC server Wikileak and the assassination of Seth Rich? It’s not that far from Thailand…)

  5. “said the real story here is not the “political story” but that a girl from a humble roots in Belarus could get this powerful man’s attention and that her seduction methods “worked on the oligarch.””

    Seduction technique #1: Be a hot chick.

    1. That concludes my lesson, that will be $50,000.

    2. My internet searches tell me that there is a remarkably large supply of soviet bloc women who are ridiculously hot and willing to do just about anything for what I assume is a modest amount of money.

      This chick got her start as part of a casting call for a yacht party. Can you imagine the poor averagely attractive suckers paying $50k to learn the tricks of getting a billionaire’s attention?

      Step 1. Be hot. Step 2. Be lucky. Step 3. Never say no.

  6. The Drumpf regime’s days are numbered! Get this woman a debriefing session with Mueller!

    Oh, and…

    All were charged with being and working in the country without permission, and Thai immigration police ordered them deported.

    Deporting people is just as bad as enforcing fugitive slave laws. It’s disappointing to see Thailand succumb to the same kind of xenophobic nationalism that has infected the US.

    1. Hahaha.

      SOMEONE LIGHT THE SHIKHA FLAME! We need her now more than ever.

  7. “A few days earlier she had posted that “because of the Goldfish, the next world war will be unleashed.”

    “More marketing hype? Perhaps.”

    I would certainly hope so. Does she want to outdo Helen of Troy, and instead of being the face that launched a thousand ships, be the face that fried several billion humans?

    And by the way, she’s so thin, maybe she should consider being the face that lunched a thousand chips.

    1. With dip!

  8. Ms. Brown’s definition of plausible is not the same as mine.

    Or most people with a cerebral cortex.

    1. She’s an angry left wing lunatic who should be peddling her stupid bullcrap at Salon.

      She’s a great symbol of the truly sad decline of Reason over the last decade.

      1. The fact that we have a Marlon Brando fan calling himself a cock ring after his original bullshit got banned is a better symbol.

  9. Wouldn’t.

  10. Now, if she does have information why didn’t she release it instead of hinting around that she might have information before? I assume she’s fully aware of how Russia handles these types of people, or maybe she thought Russia was actually a democratic republic or something?


    A political friend read the second one and said “we’re going to get killed if we publish it,” so they held off, Rybka said.


    “The world is ruled by the limited group of people who make decisions for billions! I stand up for freedom of dissemination of information, especially if it concerns the shadow games that can lead to the third world war and the destruction of the earth!”

    Hmm…sounds to me like she’s been the target of the FSB for a while now. So I really suspect this is a ploy on her part. It definitely could be something else, I don’t want to prejudge, but this situation is bizarre enough that I really doubt it. She has metaphorical balls, for sure, but she sounds like a dissident that’s probably eager to leave the motherland behind. What better way to get asylum in the United States than say you have information on a subject that everyone in the world knows will get you media play time across the entire country?

    1. What better way to get asylum in the United States than say you have information on a subject that everyone in the world knows will get you media play time across the entire country?

      At the very least, you’ve put the hit squad that’s hunting you down on their heels for a couple of news cycles.

  11. What’s her hourly rate? Does she come to the US or do we have to meet her somewhere? (Sorry if I missed it but it’s not like I came here for the articles.)

  12. So more article space has been dedicated to Russia fever dreams than the war in Yemen or FISA abuse. Well done, everyone

    1. Weird, I haven’t seen any stories about Yemen or FISA abuse at The Other Site.

        1. You think that’s a story about FISA abuse and not a rant about the meanies in the MSM?

          1. You’re right criticism of the MSM is completely unfair. When FISA renewal was going on they were focused on the important stuff like “how much does the president really weigh”. Much like Reason which has also been focused on what is important and is most definitely not just a neoliberal publication now.

    2. There should be an article every day about FISA abuse. I guess it’s more fun to talk about Russia because people expect them to be shitty. It’s much rougher to be told that, as it turns out, our government isn’t that different from theirs after all.

      1. In Russia, government doesn’t go to trouble of pretending to get rubber-stamp warrant before spying on you. Rule of law, tovarisch!

  13. I’m not saying her story is true or false, just that the media should be in the middle of the fact-checking process now, not speculating on OMG What If It’s True!

    Because at present, her behavior could simply be that of someone desperate to stay out of Russia (and who would blame her?) – which gives her incentive to exaggerate. Though of course in this crazy world she could be telling the exact truth.

    And what if it *is* true? Don’t we already know the Russkies tried, in their clumsy, clunking way, to intervene in the 2016 U. S. election?

    1. I’m not saying her story is true or false, just that the media should be in the middle of the fact-checking process now, not speculating on OMG What If It’s True!

      Even common-sense checking kinda tips it strongly towards the ‘Not True’ bin, IMO. There’s fame, celebrity, and favor among democrats to be had touting proof of election meddling. The fact that she’s had the proof all along and instead chose to be a Thai prostitute teacher, to me, kinda suggests that what she’s got isn’t what Mueller would consider a lead-pipe cinch.

    2. Media? Fact Check?
      What is this, 1950?

  14. I hope you’re happy ENB. Crusty will never comment in another article.

  15. Can we all agree that Putin is a liar, murderer and thief?

    1. Can we all agree that you’ve obviously been seduced by leftist media propaganda?

    2. Sure, but that’s baseline behavior for a world leader.

      1. Putin can’t help it if his opponents are so suicidal.

        And choose such drama-queenish means of offing themselves.

      2. Cells interlinked.

  16. Strange that she’d be worried about being sent to Russia. I’d be much more worried about being sent to London.

  17. “Rybka explained that the only reason she posted photos of her and Deripaska together and wrote books about her time with him was as a “seduction technique,” to get his attention, because he had stopped contacting her.”

    In my experience, this may be as true as it is absurd.

    Putin executes people for these oligarchs, and she knows that. And yet she may well have humiliated this guy anyway–just because he stopped paying attention to her.

    The only ex-girlfriends who were ever mad at me were only mad at me because I didn’t call them anymore, but even they have done crazy shit that might have gotten them arrested and might have permanently impacted their careers.

    Women hate, hate, hate being cut off and ignored by people they like. It can drive them to do seriously crazy shit–and I don’t just mean one of them.

    1. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Not another episode of The Ken Shultz Love Hour.

  18. She’s a crazy hoe. What I don’t understand is how she managed to get herself arrested for being a hoe in Pattaya, Thailand. How is that even possible? It would be less work to round up everyone in Pattaya who isn’t a hoe.

    1. That’s really the only part that gives some slight degree of credibility to her story — she was arrested for something that you wouldn’t expect the local authorities to bother arresting someone for.

      1. Man bites snapping turtle.

      2. People get arrested for weird crap in SE Asia that are foreigners, like the people in Cambodia having an orgy in some house or the people in Malaysia getting naked on a mountain or the guys stripping down to underwear at a car race.

        They like screwing with foreigners down there for odd crimes.

        1. Probably they resent all the foreigners coming there to screw them.

  19. I slimmef over the article. Was there anything of substance describing what the Russians allegedly did, rather than a convulated Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon type connection to someone who may have done Something?

    1. No. They are pickup artist types too, in other words professional hucksters.

  20. If any of those poor victimized women want to be deprogrammed, I have all the anti-seduction skills anyone could ever want, and I’m more than happy to pass on my oft-tested knowledge.

  21. Nastya Rybka – in English – Nastier Ribber.

  22. Is just a marketing campaign to launch a new live cams website :p

  23. Some say she got the story line from Red Sparrow, the novel now made into a movie staring Jennifer Lawrence.

  24. If Russians with green cards want to influence US elections, they need only donate a few dollars to libertarian candidate campaigns. A $20 bill ought to be worth at least $120 and possibly as much as $10,000 in clout once you factor in the law-changing spoiler vote lever. The same goes for ALL resident aliens surrounded by prohibitionists seeking to deport them back to collapsing superstitious prohibitionist dictatorships for plant leaves. Congress sends the CIA, FATF, AML, TF, CFT, DNFBP, IRS-CID, INL, ICRG, GIABA, GAFISUD, FSRB, FIU, FinCEN, EAG everywhere to get them to murder their own people over plant leaves. And nothing makes prohibitionists madder than someone voting libertarian.

  25. “Rybka now claims to have audio of Deripaska’s conversations that could reveal information about Russia trying to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”

    Let’s say she does and “Russia” did that.
    So
    fucking
    what?
    Tony gets to beat off in the dream that the hags supporters are so stupid they changed their votes because of some lame gifs? Is that what we get for Mueller dragging the fish net for a year and a half?
    So
    fucking
    what?

    1. A sensible, educated, informed person would await an accounting of evidence, indictments, convictions, guilty pleas, and reports from the special counsel before asking ‘so what?’

      A half-educated, bigoted, authoritarian, downscale, right-wing goober would take Sevo’s position.

      Carry on, clingers.

  26. This story is silly. What’s next? A presidential candidate dallies with a porn star a few months after his third trophy wife gives birth, then hires a ham-handed lawyer who tramples contribution and disclosure laws to pay hush money to the porn star on the eve of the election? Oh, and I suppose that vainglorious, vulgar, boorish candidate is to be the darling of the “traditional values” evangelical crowd?

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