Anastasia Vashukevich, the model who recorded a former employer of Paul Manafort allegedly discussing US relations with a Russian deputy prime minister during the 2016 election, has promised in a Moscow court not to release any further recordings.
Ms Vashukevich previously claimed to have evidence of Russian interference in the US election from a fling with Oleg Deripaska, the metals magnate to whom Donald Trump’s campaign manager Manafort reportedly promised private briefings, something Deripaska always denied.
Video she uploaded to Instagram showed Mr Deripaska speaking on a yacht in 2016 with Sergei Prikhodko, a deputy prime minister and long-time aide to Vladimir Putin. In a separate audio recording, Mr Deripaska is heard discussing Russia’s “bad relations with America”. The pair talked about the “issue with America,” Ms Vashukevich had claimed.
After her Instagram posts were discovered in February 2018, Ms Vashukevich was arrested while leading a sex training seminar in Thailand, and Mr Deripaska successfully sued Ms Vashukevich for violating his right to privacy with her photographs and recordings. A Russian court ordered her to delete the posts and pay him £5,800 in emotional damages.
She and her partner from the sex training received a suspended sentence for soliciting and conspiracy last week and deported to Belarus, their native country. On her way there, they were arrested in a Moscow airport on Thursday. They face prostitution charges carrying up to six years in prison.
After being led by bailiffs into a glass defendant’s cage on Saturday, Ms Vashukevich asked Mr Deripaska’s forgiveness and promised no more revelations.
“There won’t be any more audio recordings about Oleg Deripaska,” she told journalists from a glass defendant’s cage. “I won’t compromise him anymore, so he can relax, really, I’ve had enough."
She claimed that she was now subject to "fabricated" criminal cases in Thailand, Russia and Belarus.
Ms Vashukevich declined to comment when asked by The Telegraph if the prostitution charges against her were related to claims of Russian election interference.
The court delayed a hearing on her confinement until Tuesday after investigators said they didn’t have enough evidence to make their arguments.
Mr Deripaska has denied interference and said he never received an offer of private briefings. He is under US sanctions, but sanctions against some of his companies are set to be lifted this week despite controversy in congress.
The meeting on the yacht took place in August 2016 off the coast of Norway, according to an investigation by opposition activist Alexei Navalny. A private jet linked to Mr Deripaska had flown between New York and Moscow and then to Norway in the previous days, Mr Navalny found.
Manafort, who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges and agreed to cooperate with Robert Mueller’s investigation into election interference, told a Russian acquaintance he could offer private briefings to Mr Deripaska the month before, according to emails seen by The Atlantic and other publications.
Russia ordered YouTube to take down Mr Navalny’s video investigation, but it is still available and has more than 8 million views.
While in jail in Thailand, Ms Vashukevich claimed to have more than 16 hours of audio recordings and photographs providing evidence of Russian interference in the US election. She promised to provide the evidence if the United States gave her asylum.
Ms Vashukevich told CNN she witnessed Mr Deripaska meeting three Americans in 2016 and 2017 and said “they had a plan for the election”. She said she had photographs of one of the Americans with Mr Deripaska, but refused to name any of the men.
CNN also reported FBI agents had unsuccessfully tried to see her in Thailand.