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Russian tycoon wins suit against model who claims Trump secrets

AFP  |  Moscow 

A Russian billionaire former associate of Donald Trump's ex-campaign won USD 16,000 damages in a lawsuit today against a model and a self-styled "sex coach" over a politically compromising video.

and were ordered to pay 500,000 rubles (USD 8,000) each to the plaintiff, Oleg Deripaska, said a for a court in Ust-Labinsk,

It also ordered them to delete all of Vashukevich's and pictures showing Deripaska, the told AFP.

Aluminium tycoon Deripaska had sought two million rubles in damages. He had accused Vashukevich of violating his privacy.

He sued the Vashukevich and Kirillov over a video she apparently shot on his yacht.

It appeared to show Sergei Prikhodko, an influential Russian at the time, vacationing on Deripaska's yacht.

had formerly been Vladimir Putin's

The video raised new questions about Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 that brought Trump to power.

Deripaska was once an associate of Trump's former campaign

Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny published the video in an investigation into corruption among top government officials.

In a rare statement to the press, called Deripaska "my friend" and added that he did not know Manafort personally.

The earlier this year threatened to block and if the two sites did not delete the videos and pictures of Deripaska and

Vashukevich is a national of ex-Soviet She goes by the nickname Nastya Rybka.

She, Kirillov and several others were detained in in February when police raided their "sex training course" in the seaside city of

The two defendants were not present at the Russian ruling on Monday. They are awaiting trial in

A pre-trial hearing in is scheduled for July 19.

In Thailand, the model has made cryptic offers to reveal secrets about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

She has penned a book about how to seduce an oligarch.

She has 130,000 followers on where she has posted snaps of herself scantily-clad or naked and a video of her apparently having sex with a man.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 20:20 IST