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Russia releases from custody model who claimed she had secrets on Trump: report

A model from Belarus who claimed she had evidence Russia interfered with the 2016 U.S. presidential election to aid President Trump has reportedly been released from Russian custody.

Reuters reports that Anastasia Vashukevich was freed from Russian police custody Tuesday, but is still a suspect in an unrelated criminal case regarding allegations she forced women into prostitution.

{mosads}Vashukevich was detained last week in Moscow after being deported from Thailand.

She previously said she had recordings in her possession of conversations regarding election interference linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, who she reportedly had a relationship with.

Deripaska and his representatives have denied Vashukevich’s claims and accused her of making it all up, according to Reuters.

While jailed for nine months on charges of conspiracy and soliciting prostitution, Vashukevich said she had nearly 16 hours of recordings from August 2016 of Deripaska, who is a close ally to Russian President Vladimir Putin, discussing the U.S. presidential election.

At this time there is no evidence the audio tapes showed contact between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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