Moscow: A Belarusian mannequin who claimed she had proof of Russian collusion with the Trump election marketing campaign was in custody Friday after police “dragged” her from a transit zone in Moscow’s airport, her lawyer advised AFP.
Anastasia Vashukevich, referred to as Nastya Rybka, was in jail in southern Moscow after being detained with a number of others on the airport.
They flew in after being deported from Thailand the place they’d spent a 12 months in jail for collaborating in a “intercourse coaching course”.
A Russian lawyer representing Vashukevich branded the arrest an “worldwide scandal,” saying his consumer had “dedicated no crimes” and was planning to journey on to Belarus.
As a substitute she was “moved from the transit zone onto the Russian territory by unidentified legislation enforcement staff,” stated Dmitry Zatsarinsky.
He stated staff in civilian clothes “dragged her out of the transit zone” and added that he was planning to lodge an official grievance.
Zatsarinsky posted a video on his Instagram that exhibits 5 or 6 males making an attempt to pressure a younger girl resembling Vashukevich right into a wheelchair as she tries to interrupt free.
They then abandon their efforts and easily carry her by way of what seem like one-way double doorways usually utilized in airports.
Vashukevich was convicted in Thailand earlier this week after practically a 12 months in jail following her arrest in a seaside resort of Pattaya.
She pleaded responsible to a number of fees together with soliciting and unlawful meeting.
Vashukevich was part of a bunch collaborating in a seminar led by Russian self-styled seduction guru Alex Kirillov. The court docket convicted her and 7 co-defendants.
She had travelled to Thailand after sparking a political scandal when she posted a video allegedly exhibiting tycoon Oleg Deripaska and an influential Russian deputy prime minister enjoyable on a yacht.
Deripaska later sued her for invasion of privateness.
Whereas in Thai custody, she claimed she had details about alleged Russian meddling within the 2016 US elections and pleaded for US assist, fearing prosecution in Russia.
Zatsarinsky stated that some folks within the group had been deported to Belarus through Ukraine, reasonably than Russia, and confronted no issues on the airport in Kiev.
Russian police late Thursday confirmed Russian and Belarusian residents had been detained in Sheremetyevo airport on arrival from Thailand as a part of an ongoing probe into “coercing into prostitution.”
On Friday morning, two males and two ladies remained in police custody, the inside ministry stated, Russian companies reported.