A Belarusian woman jailed in Thailand for offering 'sex lessons' without a work permit has repeated her plea to the US to step in and free her in exchange for evidence of links between President Trump's election campaign and Russia.
Escort Nastya Rybka came to prominence earlier this month when an oligarch obtained a court order demanding she remove videos and photographs of them together on his yacht, or else Instagram would be blocked in Russia.
The billionaire in question, Oleg Deripaska, has links to Trump's onetime campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and is heard discussing U.S.-Russia relations in Rybka's videos.
Secrets to tell: Anastasia Vashukevich, also known under her escort alias Nastya Rybka, claims to have information which could link Kremlin to President Donald Trump
Jailed: Rybka was arrested Sunday in the Thai resort city of Pattaya while giving sex lessons to Russian tourists, as she does not have a work permit
Rybka is seen in one of her Instagram posts from 2016, recorded on the yach of Oleg Deripaska, seen right, who has links to Trump's onetime campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and is heard discussing U.S.-Russia relations in Rybka's videos
Yesterday, Rybka, real name Anastasia Vashukevich, took to social media to claim she had evidence of Manafort's links to Deripaska and Russia.
In a video recorded in her cell in Pattaya, Thailand, she pleaded with the U.S. to help her get out of Thai prison and to make sure she will not face justice in Russia.
However, she has refused to offer any such evidence, and it's not clear if she has any.
Today, Rybka repeated her plea of help, but said she won't give details of what she knows until she is guaranteed she won't be sent to Russia.
'I can say something only when I will be in a safe place, sorry, because I am worried about my life,' Vashukevich told the AP from a police van that was taking the detainees from Pattaya to Bangkok's Immigration Detention Center.
'I didn't want to tell you about many things. Now they're trying to lock us up,' she said.
Nastya Rybka, the 'mistress' of a Russian billionaire has claimed in a video that she will reveal Russian connections to the 2016 US presidential elections if America rescues her from Thailand. Rybka was arrested in Thailand on Sunday
Rybka (pictured in a jail cell in Thailand) claims she 'knows a lot' and has 'audio and video' proof of the alleged Russian connections to the 2016 US elections
'But now I'm ready to put together all the pieces of the puzzle that you have been missing, and back it up with audio and video regarding the ties of our esteemed lawmakers with Manafort, Trump and all this buzz around the U.S. election. I know a lot.'
Rybka's 2016 videos - linking Deripaska to a Russian Deputy Prime Minister - were used in an investigation by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Navalny's report made no claim that Rybka knew anything about a Russian campaign to influence the U.S. election, and she has produced no evidence that she does.
Speaking today about Rybka's claims, Navalny said he has 'certain doubts' that she has anything proving direct ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.
'I think such statements are made because of fears for her own life because they have been detained in Thailand,' he said, adding he believes her fears are well-founded.
Rybka's story offers a glimpse into the shady world of Russian oligarchs, such as the super-rich Oleg Deripaska, who has many friends in high places.
She allegedly had an affair with Deripaska, and videos posted on her Instagram in August 2016 show Deripaska on his yacht talking with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko.
In one snippet, Deripaska is heard speaking to Miss Rybka, who is seen holding his hand, why relations between Russia and the United States are bad.
You scratch my back: Vashukevich says she wants to exchange information on alleged Russian ties to U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign for her own personal safety
Anastasia Vashukevich, left, and Alexander Kirillov walk from a detention center in Pattaya, south of Bangkok, Thailand
Despite claiming she has information of Trump campaign-Russia ties he has refused to offer any such evidence, and it's not clear if she has any
Desperate: Rybka has today repeated her plea of help, but said she won't give details of what she knows until she is guaranteed she won't be sent to Russia.
A Washington Post report from September claims Deripaska was offered briefings on the US Presidential race to Deripaska by Manafort, although there is no evidence such briefings ever took place.
Manafort has been indicted on money-laundering charges related to his overseas consulting work by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Escort in trouble: Rybka nearly caused a total bloc of Instagram