CNN Travels to Thailand to Speak with Prostitute Who Claims to Have Dirt on Trump


BLITZER: New tonight, a self-described sex-coach is offering inside information on Russia’s election meddling. The woman is currently imprisoned in Thailand but says she’s willing to trade what she knows for asylum in the United States. Our senior international correspondent Ivan Watson actually met with the woman. He’s joining us live now from Bangkok. Ivan, tell us how that went.”

WATSON: “This is a story that the headline pretty much says it all. This young woman, who described herself as a sex coach, offering U.S. investigators information she claims she has about Russian meddling in the U.S. election in exchange for her freedom from this Thai jail and to not be deported back to Russia. It’s a very strange story.”

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WATSON (voice-over): “She describes herself as a seductress, a relentlessly self-promoting 21-year-old named Anastasia Vashukevitch. With a social media stage name Nastya Rybka, this Belarus-born woman claims to have evidence of Russian meddling in the U.S. election. The question, is this a desperate ploy to get out of jail, or as her friend claims, is this young woman truly in danger because she knows too much?”

SKULBEDA: “First, they are in danger. Second, they have the information. Third, we are afraid of their lives. Really afraid of their lives. We don’t know what’s going to happen.”

WATSON (voice-over): “For days, Vashukevitch and several Russian friends have been held at this jail in the capital of Thailand where visitors are not allowed to bring cameras.”

WATSON: “I just came out of this detention center where I spoke with Anastasia Vashukevitch. It was loud and hot and chaotic, and talking through the bars she says she witnessed meetings between the Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska and at least three Americans who she refused to name. She claims they discussed plans to affect the U.S. elections, but she wouldn’t give any further information because she fears she could be deported back to Russia.”

WATSON (voice-over): “Her claims might not hold much water if it wasn’t for this. Photos published on her Instagram account of Vashukevitch alongside Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. Deripaska, a one-time business partner of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. He’s pleaded not guilty to charges related to money laundering and other alleged crimes discovered during the investigation into Russian meddling. Vashukevitch’s posts show Deripaska on board his private yacht meeting Russia’s deputy prime minister Sergei Prikhodko. Two powerful Russian men overheard in one video discussing U.S.-Russian relations. Vashukevitch wrote about the meeting using altered names in this book. Deripaska denies meddling in the U.S. election and says Vashukevitch was never his mistress. A spokesman writing, ‘This is clearly an attempt by Anastasic Vashukevitch to politicize the accusations of the Thai police.’ And here’s where the story gets really weird. Last month Vashukevitch was in Thailand with a Russian sex coach Aleksandar Kirillov, running a week long sex training course that teaches, among other things, tips for dating. On the last day, Thai police burst into the hotel arresting Vashukevitch, Kirillov and eight others for working without a permit. Ukrainian American Pavlo Yunko traveled from New York to attend the course.”

YUNKO: “I was there just to have a good time.”

WATSON: “And then the police showed up?”

YUNKO: “And just police showed up.”

WATSON: “In the days that followed, Yunko says he hand-delivered this letter from the sex teacher to the U.S. embassy in Bangkok requesting asylum in exchange for recordings Vashukevitch says she made of alleged Russian government crimes. And embassy spokesperson says since Vashukevitch is not a U.S. citizen this is matter for the Thai authorities. Supporters now deliver food to their friends in jail where Vashukevitch’s offers to help U.S. investigators have apparently gone unheard. The jailed seductress and the sex teacher recognize soon they may be deported back to mother Russia.”

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WATSON: “Okay, so Wolf, Thai authorities originally accused this group of Russians and Russian speakers of working without a visa and they revoked their visas here to Thailand. A Thai police chief tells us that they are currently doing the paperwork for the deportation. However, a lawyer for the group, who normally works here with Russians, says this is taking unusually long. Usually people are deported within a matter of one to two days and it’s been more than a week now.”

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