On Thursday evening, Anastasiya Vashukevich aka Nastya Rybka, Alyaksandr Kirylau (Alex Leslie) and their two friends were detained when passing the border control at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow.
The Belarusian girl, who gained notoriety after the scandal involving Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, was deported from Thailand. Spending about 11 months in prison, Belarusian citizens Vashukevich and her friend and instructor Kirylau pleaded their guilty to sex work. A Pattaya court gave suspended sentences the the duo and six other citizens of Russia and Belarus.
Some fellow passengers who witnessed the detention at the checkpoint contacted RBC journalists. Later, Russian TV channel RTV published a video that features Rybka trying to show resistance to the police and shouting.
“They are accused of drawing people into prostitution. It is unknown how much time they will spend in custody and what will come next,” Kirylau’s wife Kristina said.
According to Russia’s Criminal Code, the detainees may face up to 6 years in prison.
In February 2018, Vashukevich and Kirylau were detained for illegal work, i.e. organising ‘sex training’ for Russian tourists, on the Thai island of Ko Lan, and put in prison in Pattaya. Later, Rybka promised to tell American journalists about Trump-Russia relations, if she was ‘sill alive’, and asked for the U.S. protection. FBI agents wanted to talk with her in prison, but the Thai authorities failed to give their consent.
As previously reported, Anastasiya Vashukevich, a native of the Belarusian town of Babruysk, unintentionally revealed juicy details of a sex life of Russian oligarchs and top officials by posting compromising photos on Instagram. She even wrote the book A Story Of Seducing A Billionaire, Or A Clone For An Oligarch.
The case attracted attention of the Anti-Corruption Foundation led by Alexei Navalny which set up its own investigation and published the results on February, 8.
Russian authorities blacklisted the recent investigation by the Foundation. The materials are to be removed from its website, Youtube and Instagram. The decision was made by Roskomnadzor which referred to the ruling of Ust-Labinsk district court. Earlier, Deripaska sued Vashukevich over her publication of his private photos.
Billionare Deripaska, director of aluminium producer Rusal, and Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Chief of Staff of the Government Sergei Prikhodko (previously an aide to Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin) are involved in the corruption scandal. The video gives evidence of the duo’s taking a boat ride with the so-called good-time girls’ to the coast of Norway in August 2016.