FBI agents tried to meet with a Belarusian “sex coach” detained in a Bangkok jail to discuss her alleged evidence of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, but they were denied by Thai officials.
Thai officials denied access to Anastasia Vashukevich, who has become internationally famous in recent months for her racy selfies, and her associate Alexander Kirillov because only legal representatives and family members are permitted access to the detainees, reported CNN.
The pair asked the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok for help last month after their arrest for offering sex lessons without a permit, and Vashukevich offered information about alleged election interference by Russia.
FBI agents contacted Thailand’s immigration bureau last week to set up a meeting, according to a highly placed source in the department.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok referred to a statement issued last week about Vashukevich and her offer.
“We are aware of media reports of this individual’s arrest,” the embassy said in a statement. “She is not a U.S. citizen, and we would refer you to Thai law enforcement for further questions.”
Vashukevich, who goes by Nastya Rybka on social media, and her boyfriend and mentor Kirillov, who goes by Alex Lesley, were arrested Feb. 25 with eight other Russian-speaking “sex coaches” for working in Thailand without a permit.
They claim Russia orchestrated the arrests to stop them from revealing more than an hour of audio recordings and photos and meetings related to the 2016 election.
Vashukevich, who claims to be the former mistress of Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, says she witnessed several meetings in 2016 and 2017 between the oligarch and at least three unnamed Americans.
Deripaska is a metal tycoon who sued former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his lieutenant Rick Gates over an $18.9 million investment the pair was supposed to make in Ukraine.
Gates has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and lying to investigators in the Russia probe, and Manafort has been charged with money laundering, fraud and numerous other charges in the case.