“I think it saved my life.”
A Belarusian escort girl admitted this week she had lied about possessing evidence of Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election in order to save her life.
Anastasia Vashukevich, a self-described “seductress”, made her debut in American politics last February when she promised on Instagram to reveal secret ties between President Donald Trump and Moscow. She had allegedly become privy to these secrets while working as the mistress of Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire with close government ties. Deripaska, she intimated to credulous outlets, was in contact with the Trump campaign regarding “a plan for the election.” She also claimed to have recordings that shed light on this plan.
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Deripaska denied both the existence of tapes and ever having had an affair with Vashukevich, who goes by the sobriquet Nastya Rybka.
Vashukevich at the time was held in custody in Thailand for solicitation and was in the process of deportation to Russia, where she has now spent a few months in jail.
Recently released, Vashukevich told CNN (who took special interest in the sprawling saga of the so-called “sex coach”) that she had lied about Deripaska in order to get the attention of international media.
“I think it saved my life,” she said Tuesday, after being asked if she regrets fabricating a scandal. “How can I regret it? If journalists had not come at that time and that story had not come to the newspapers, maybe I would [be dead by] now.”
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Adding a more sinister spin, Vashukevich said that “Russian agents” told her plainly that, upon going free, she must not discuss Deripaska publicly again.
“I had some talk when I was in Russian jail. And they explained to me very [clearly] what should I do, what should I say and what I shouldn’t say,” she said. “They said to me, ‘Don’t touch Oleg Deripaska anymore.'”
Putin’s Russia is still Putin’s Russia, after all.
Whatever connections Deripaska — whose business accounts, previously put on hold by Congress, have been unfrozen this week at the president’s orders — may or may not have had with Trump associates, the obsession of CNN and co. with Vashukevich revealed that even the gatekeepers of truth and big-j Journalism are more into good pulp fiction than, you know, facts.
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