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Nastya Rybka Freed From Russian Jail After Vowing Not to Leak More Dirt on Deripaska

After months imprisoned in Thailand, the Belarusian citizen was deported to Moscow and promptly arrested on charges of luring people into prostitution.

Dmitry Zatsarinsk/InstagramDmitry Zatsarinsk/InstagramAfter being arrested at the Moscow airport and held for a week without a bail hearing, Nastya Rybka was released by Russian authorities on Tuesday. Her lawyer, Dmitry Zatsarinsk, posted a video of the two of them to Instagram, adding that Rybka was free and more information would be revealed at a press conference Wednesday.

Rybka was being held on suspicion of luring people into prostitution—something that the U.S. has started legally defining as "sex trafficking." Last week, Rybka pled not guilty to the charge against her, which could come with a six-year prison sentence.

Some worry that should she be convicted, it could lead to a lot worse.

Rybka catapulted to international attention last year for her cameo in the saga surrounding President Donald Trump and Russia. While detained in a Thai prison, the Belarusian model, author, and sex coach claimed to have insider information on a supposed Trump-Russia connection. She also crossed Oleg Deripaska, a controversial Russian oligarch and former business associate of Paul Manafort.

Rybka and her associates were first arrested in Pattaya, Thailand, last February while running one of the "seduction" seminars they'd held there for years, as well as in cities around Russia and other former Soviet Bloc countries. Until this trip, the group had no major run-ins with Thai law enforcement. But acting on an alleged tip, local police raided the workshop and arrested the group for working without a proper visa. Seven of them, including Rybka (legal name Anastasia Vashukevich) and her mentor/lover/boss Alex Leslie (born Alexander Kirillov), would wind up being prosecuted on prostitution charges and imprisoned in Thailand for nearly a year.

Just a few weeks prior to that arrest, Russian journalist Aleksei Navalny publicized photos and videos that Rybka had previously posted to social media. Rybka's posts—part of a convoluted plot to seduce an oligarch, document it, and then use the evidence to sell her books and Leslie's pickup schools—revealed that then Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Sergei Prikhodko had been hanging out on Deripaska's yacht. In one bit of audio, Prikhodko seems to at least mention U.S. politics.

screenshot from RadioFreeEurope/Radio Liberty videoscreenshot from RadioFreeEurope/Radio Liberty videoPrior to Navalny's report, Rybka had released two books about her time with "the oligarch" and written about it extensively on social media, while keeping under wraps the real identities of those involved in these supposedly true tales. Not long after the Navalny report, Rybka wound up imprisoned in Thailand and pleading with the U.S. government for help.

Rybka and Leslie claimed to have information pertinent to potential Russian meddling in U.S. politics. (They did not state whether the information implicated Donald Trump or anyone in particular.) They said they would turn over the dirt if Americans would help them avoid deportation to Russia, where they feared they would face harm. But U.S. authorities were publicly dismissive of their claims, and American media quickly lost interest.

Meanwhile, Deripaska sued for invasion of privacy. Last summer a court ruled in his favor, ordering the still-imprisoned Rybka and Leslie to pay Deripaska 500,000 rubles (about $8,000) apiece.

After pleading guilty to the Thai solicitation charges, Rybka and Leslie were deported from the country on January 17. Upon arriving at the Moscow airport, Russian authorities arrested both of them.

It's unclear why Rybka was sent to Russia and not her native Belarus. "A spokesperson for the Belarusian Embassy in Moscow said it was looking into the information about the detention," Radio Free Europe reported last week.

Zatsarinsky said that Rybka had planned to catch a connecting flight to Minsk from Moscow but was detained before she could board. On Instagram, he posted a video of the arrest and announced that he was defending Rybka, whom he said was being illegally detained.

According to the state-owned Sputnik news, the case against Rybka involves seven people total and was initiated by Anastasia Davydova, aka Sasha Travka, a former business associate of theirs. On January 19, a court ruled that authorities could keep them in custody for three days while gathering evidence in advance of their bail hearing.

In a video from the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America project Current Time, Rybka said she wanted to personally apologize to Deripaska and Pridhodko. She suggested that people who wanted to do Deripaska harm had taken advantage of her and weaponized her for their own ends, when she had just been trying to attract his attention for personal reasons. She also promised that there would be no more recordings released of her time with Deripaska, and no forthcoming books about the experience.

Photo Credit: Dmitry Zatsarinsk/Instagram

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    But U.S. authorities were publicly dismissive of their claims, and American media quickly lost interest.

    If you can't even get American journalists hungry for Trump-Russia gotchas interested, you've got problems.

  • Just Say'n||


  • Ordinary Person||

    The Russian govt was certainly interested.

  • Ron||

    Madow was all over this last night she was assuming that Putin would keep her in jail so she couldn't report on her Trump story. I guess she was wrong again

  • Fancylad||

    Poor Maddow. She was so invested in having this woman disappear. What a boon to the Resistance narrative that would have been.
    I hope the richer, more enterprising lefty's don't start hunting for sacrifices just to make their point soon. Given their track record lately I'm starting to worry.

  • Man from Earth||

    That's because if they dug too deep they would discover that she met with DNC officials just before and after the Trump tower meeting. This was obviously a setup. A trap, especially considering she did not provide any information on Clinton.
    This information on the meeting is in the public domain and yet, as you say, the MSM have no interest in pursuing this line of inquiry.

  • Juice||

    Ms. Rybka if you're Nastya.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Trump's going down this time for sure.

  • Tony||

    That's what he says in his head every time he has to tie his shoes.

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    Actually not bad.

  • Juice||

    Should have been a Stormy Daniels reference. Or something.

  • Kreel Sarloo||

    We know Trump likes to grab pussy but does he like to eat it

  • Kreel Sarloo||

    We know Trump likes to grab pussy but does he like to eat it

  • buybuydandavis||

    I would have expected Putin. They're big on homosexual hating humor when they want to insult Trump.

    SJWs Always Project.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    The walls are closing in.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Yup. The border wall is closing in...the USA.

  • Man from Earth||

    Give it a rest you child.
    You make the same statement on every thread you are in.
    The MSN have been made to look stupid and foolish every time they say the same thing and the same applies to you when you repeat this statement.

    Give it up.

    Trump will not be impeached, and certainly not by any morons in the DNC. They do not have the intelligence.

  • KWlib||

    She's lucky that Vlad the Impaler hasn't had her offed yet.

    But my guess is that she will die of 'natural causes' in the not-too-distant future.

  • Dillinger||

    Polonium boilermaker

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    Novichok cigarette

  • Fancylad||

    She's a self-immolating clown show. Putin wants her front and centre.
    Just like how Stormy Daniel's crazy antics are worth far more to Trump than to the "Resistance".

  • Ron||

    last night over at msnbc Madow was waiting with baited breath for this ladies report on Trump. will it be much like his taxes or collusion or any of the other fake news

  • Aloysious||

    Every woman, at one time or another, has bad sex. It would be a privilege and an honor to be her bad sex.

  • Fancylad||

    Will that be syphilis or rabies or both?

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  • AlmightyJB||

    She's quite fetching.

  • AlmightyJB||

    This story is too local for my interest.

  • Sevo||

    Even WITH a program, I can't tell who the players are.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Trump-Russia. Does that help?

  • AlmightyJB||

    Speaking of weird stories, I've not heard of this method of suicide before. Also, I would have thought they would be grateful to leave the most oppressive nation on Earth.

  • Azathoth!!||

    Are those straws you're grasping at?


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