A Russian billionaire former associate of Donald Trump's ex-campaign manager won USD 16,000 damages in a lawsuit today against a model and a self-styled "sex coach" over a politically compromising video.
Aluminium tycoon Deripaska had sought two million rubles in damages. He had accused Vashukevich of violating his privacy.
He sued the self-styled model Vashukevich and Kirillov over a video she apparently shot on his yacht.
It appeared to show Sergei Prikhodko, an influential Russian deputy prime minister at the time, vacationing on Deripaska's yacht.
The video raised new questions about Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election that brought Trump to power.
Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny published the video in an investigation into corruption among top government officials.
In a rare statement to the press, Prikhodko called Deripaska "my friend" and added that he did not know Manafort personally.
Vashukevich is a national of ex-Soviet Belarus. She goes by the nickname Nastya Rybka.
The two defendants were not present at the Russian ruling on Monday. They are awaiting trial in Thailand.
A pre-trial hearing in Pattaya 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 Instagram 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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