From Russia with love

This may read like a romance novel, but you can’t make this stuff up any better than true life —A self-proclaimed “seductress, with a Russian passport, claims she can fill in the missing puzzle pieces on the Russian collusion with Trump’s election.

It all broke with an opposition Russian politician, barred from running against Putin, Alexei Navalny, splashing video from Nastya Rybka, aka Anastasia Vashukevich, in early February. The video shows Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch (with strong ties to Paul Manafort, indicted by Mueller), talking with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Prikhodka, on a yacht in Norway, in August 2016, about how bad US-Russian relations were. Nastya Rybka was Oleg’s mistress, she claims. Well, her video went viral, and with her new-found fame, came a price-within 2 weeks, Russian head of security,  Nikolai Patroshev, found her giving sex lessons in Thailand, and had her arrested... for working without a permit. Now they revoked her visitor’s visa and the Russians want her... deported... back to their custody.

So Nastya is begging US media outlets to save her life-and when safe, she promises to give details with audio and video — but this sounds like “Mission Impossible.” She should splash all the proof, BEFORE demanding protection — that way she is assured her info is preserved (that also proves her testimony is vital, etc.) and U.S. media needs verification to avoid defamation suits. Of course, the Trump administration would want her gone, too. Mueller? He probably already has this poop already, from Gates, Manafort’s partner in crime, already cooperating, recall.

Right now Nastya has a pamphlet online, “How to seduce a billionaire” and Oleg has sued her and her sex guru, Aleksandr  Kirillon, for privacy violations. Meanwhile, Trump just pays hush money to silence his partners (2 so far) and fired Hope Hicks, who admitted lying to protect him.  Manafort, recall, was at the Trump Tower meeting with Russians in July, 2016 with Donald Jr. And Jared Kushner, both of whom are still mum about discussions there.  Manafort owed $17 million to Russians, including his long time confidant... Oleg Deripaska.  Now you can see how tortiously complicated this twisted story line might be, or is it just too plain to hide?

It all started, it seems, with Trump holding his “Miss Universe” pageant — in Moscow, when he announced that Putin might attend — and become his best friend? That’s where he met Hope Hicks. Trump likes pretty girls, we know. I wonder... if he also met Nastya? 

PAUL PETERSON 

Storm Lake