A self-styled Russian "sex guru" has appealed to the United States after being arrested in Thailand last month, claiming she has information to share regarding the Trump campaign's connections to the Russian government.
Anastasia Vashukevich, who also goes by the name Nastya Rybka, says she's being held in Thailand after being arrested on February 26, along with nine other Russians, in the city of Pattaya for running so-called "sex training" sessions. Rybka has said she's from Belarus but entered Thailand on a Russian passport, a Thai immigration official told CNN.
Rybka, whose name made headlines after Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny published findings from his investigation into her connections to wealthy and powerful Russian men, made an Instagram post asking for U.S. intervention:
"I'm ready to give you all the missing puzzle pieces, support them with videos and audios, regarding the connections of our respected lawmakers with Trump, Manafort and the rest. I know a lot. I'm waiting for your offers and I'm waiting for you in a Thai prison," she said.
"If we go back to Russia we will die in Russian's [sic] prison or they will kill us," a post on Rybka's Instagram account said. "This is very serious. ... Please USA help us not to die from Russians!"
The two men Navalny alleged involvement with Rybka were Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska and Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Prikhodko. Both men have denied the veracity of Navalny's report, which accused them of being a back channel to the Trump campaign, and Prikhodko is presently suing Rybka for releasing video taken on his private yacht.
In a statement provided to CNN, his spokesperson said he was suing Rybka and her business partner because they "maliciously made his private photos and personal information public. If someone sneaked onto your house and then published photos from it you would do the same. This information was then used by Mr. Navalny as bait to drum up the interest of an audience, and make up a story far from any truth."
Rybka has claimed that her arrest is retaliation by the Kremlin for the videos of Deripaska and Prikhodko she posted to Instagram.
The Russian government, of course, denies such a connection.