Russian police released self-proclaimed sex-trainer Nastya Rybka and her colleague, Alex Leslie (both assumed names) after they were detained at a Moscow airport upon being deported from Thailand. Both were jailed in Asia for 9 months after being charged with organizing a sex ring. The two are still suspects in another unknown case according to reports.
In another ripple in the case, Russian news outlet Meduza, which moved to the Baltics in order to continue independent reporting, reported that tapes linking Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to the pair’s arrest in Thailand were posted on Youtube. Rybka released video and audio of her time on Deripaska’s yacht with Russian government officials. She also declared she had information on the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia but the information is now seen to be not credible.
Opposition politician and anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny announced on Monday that he has learned about recordings of telephone calls apparently involving Oleg Deripaska and some of Deripaska’s associates. Navalny says an anonymous source contacted him “a couple of months ago” with several tapes uploaded to YouTube. Navalny says he believes the recordings are authentic, arguing that the voice on file sounds like Deripaska’s. He also points out that Deripaska filed a lawsuit in the town of Ust-Labinsk (where the billionaire is registered) demanding that Russian Internet service providers block access to this data.
There are three different audio recordings: one about the seizure of a water bottling plant, and two about Anastasia Vashukevich (“Nastya Rybka”), including one call that includes people named “Tatiana,” “Georgy,” and “William” talking about Vashukevich’s arrest in Thailand. In the recording, Georgy insists that everyone in Vashukevich’s group needs to be “locked up,” while William points out that Thai law doesn’t imprison “sex trainers.” Georgy then says Vashukevich’s group could be charged with illegal business activities, instead, wrote Meduza.