Well that worked out well for certain people, didn’t it?
Courtesy of WaPo:
A Belarusian model who claims to have information on ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s election campaign told The Associated Press on Friday that she has turned that material over to Russian billionaire businessman Oleg Deripaska.
Anastasia Vashukevich fueled speculation around possible ties between Trump and the Kremlin last year when she posted a video from a police van, saying she had 16 hours of audio and video proving ties between Russian officials and the Trump campaign that influenced the 2016 U.S. elections.
Deripaska denied the allegations and even went to court to seek to remove the video Vashukevich posted in which he discusses U.S.-Russia ties with a senior Russian government official.
Vashukevich, who is also known as Nastya Rybka, returned to Russia last month almost a year after she was detained in Thailand on charges of soliciting sex, in what some believe was an attempt to silence her.
Vashukevich, 28, told the AP in an interview Friday that, contrary to earlier reports that she had destroyed the recordings, she had given them to Deripaska because it “relates to him” and that she “did not want any more trouble.”
Vashukevich rose to prominence in February last year when Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny published an investigation detailing dealings between Deripaska and Sergei Prikhodko, then-Russian deputy prime minister who played a prominent role in shaping Russia’s foreign policy.
The thing is that while Vashukevich was in Thailand she was begging the United States to help her, and promised to provide evidence that would prove that there were ties between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign.
Clearly, America, now run by the Trump Administration, did nothing to help her and she ended up back in the hands of the Russian government, which is exactly where she did NOT want to end up.
Here is footage of the FSB arresting Anastasia Vashukevich after her arrival in Russia.
When Anastasia Vashukevich reemerged she was adamantly apologizing to Oleg Deripaska and claiming that she wanted to make it all up to him.
She was clearly terrified.
So, in a nutshell, a woman who claimed to have evidence linking Oleg Deripaska to the Russian effort to help Donald Trump get elected, was dragged back to Russia against her will where she was arrested, after which she suddenly decides to hand all of her evidence over to the man who was at the center of her accusations.