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Belarusian prostitute has her day in BKK court

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Anastasia Vashukevich, the Belarusian model and self-branded sex-guru detained in Bangkok, who made extravagant claims about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, is due in court today. She has offered to dump on several Russian businessmen linked with Russian President Putin with alleged links to US businessmen and politicians close to the US President.

Anastasia Vashukevich, AKA Nastya Rybka, was one of nine foreigners arrested in Pattaya last February after raids on so-called sex courses where participants paid 20,000 for training with the promise of a certificate if they completed the course.

Police originally help them over visa and work permit issues but she was eventually charged with soliciting and ‘criminal association’ by Pattaya Police. Three participants, who were arrested at the same time as Anastasia, have either been deported or are awaiting deportation according to Thai immigration officials.

“Thai Immigration is dancing to the tune of Russia and will simply kill us if Thailand gives us to Russia.” Instagram/Nastya_Rybka.ru

After an offer to provide ‘information’ about overheard and recorded conversations to American officials, in a swap for seeking asylum, American officials, journalists and, reportedly, the FBI, rushed to Bangkok seeking to get the story. They were politely refused access to the Belarusian media attention-seeker. She made her offer in a video on her Instagram account.

In the video she named names and cast out the line for diplomats, officials and media to bite. They did.

“They are trying to put us behind bars. That is why I am ready to tell you about all those missing puzzle pieces that you lack regarding a link between our esteemed lawmakers and Paul Manafort, Trump and all this brouhaha” she said in the video.

Despite all the ‘brouhaha’ Nastya/Anastasia hasn’t so far been able to pass on anything even vaguely interesting either because she hasn’t had the chance or is waiting for some guarantees from US officials before she spills the beans. She has written a book in the past about seducing Russian Oligarchs, a book that hasn’t made any of the Eastern European best seller list so far.

Her video showing  Russia’s deputy PM, Sergei Prikhodko, cavorting on an expensive yacht owned by mining billionaire Oleg Deripaska shows she was ‘connections’ but the video and her claims about people in the video are now the subject of legal proceedings. Vashukevich had an affair with Deripaska. Deripaska, a mining tycoon, was once an associate of the US President’s ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort who has now been indicted on money-laundering and tax charges.

“I am the only witness and the missing link in the connection between Russia and the US elections – the long chain of Oleg Deripaska, Prikhodko, Manafort, and Trump.” Instagram/Nastya_Rybka.ru

She has her day in a Thai court today where, hopefully, she will feel inclined to share more information, if only to save herself from imminent deportation back to Russia.

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Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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TAT plan to boost tourism to secondary locations, and Thai Airways’ bottomline

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The TAT – Tourism Authority of Thailand – is coming to the rescue of the beleaguered national carrier, Thai Airways. They are going to promote 20 flight routes in 10 provinces for the rest of this year.

This is in response to instructions from the Thai government for state-owned enterprises to work together to boost income for the airline which has a hemorrhaging bottomline for the first eight months of this year. The move seeks to combine the efforts of state-owned Krungthai Bank, Airports of Thailand and the TAT.

The local campaign is being titled “Amazing Thailand, Go Local” and is promoting destinations covered by Thai and their semi-budget offshoot Thai Smile.

The 20 routes cover secondary destinations such as Udon Thani, Chiang Rai, Ubon Ratchathani and Yala in the south. The two airlines will promote the routes under ‘Royal Orchid’ packages for October – December, 2018.

The TAT says the campaign aims to increase the ratio of locals to foreigners visiting the secondary locations. Currently the ratio is 70:30 with foreign tourism swamping domestic tourism in some location. The TAT says they hope that the campaign can add 10 million tourists to secondary destinations this year.

Meanwhile, the Tourism Council of Thailand is hoping that the Prime Minister’s visit to Europe in June will spur some new interest from European tourists to head back to Thailand for New Year. They reported that flight bookings to core destinations – Phuket, Krabi, U-tapoa and Chiang Mai – are solid for this time of the year.

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Medicinal marijuana by next year in Thailand

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Thailand’s Governmental Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO) is starting researching to develop medicines from marijuana in acknowledgement of evidence that the outlawed substance has health-enhancing properties. It is also seeking to initiate a legal amendment that would permit cannabis for medicinal use, possibly by May next year.

Recreational use will remain illegal.

GPO chairman Dr Sopon Mekthon yesterday says that with the prospect of marijuana being legalised in certain circumstances, his organisation had begun working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Narcotics Suppression Bureau to launch a research project on developing and mass-producing medicines from marijuana.

The Narcotics Suppression Bureau has already given 100 kilograms of seized marijuana to the GPO as raw material for their research.

Sopon says Thailand has the potential to be a world leader in the development and production of cannabinoid medicines, which would enhance the efficiency of medical care and treatments in many patient groups. Exporting high-priced medical cannabis extracts could also yield the country sizeable profits.

“Despite marijuana still being considered a harmful drug, its medicinal benefits are widely accepted and it is also scientifically proven that marijuana contains many medicinal compounds that can efficiently treat the side effects of chemotherapy, chronic pain, muscle spasticity and epilepsy,” Sopon said.

“As a preparation for the decriminalisation of medical marijuana, GPO’s research team is now working on a research project to produce a medical cannabis extraction prototype in the form of a cannabis oil sublingual drop, which will be the initial ingredient for drugs production and can also be used as a substrate for further medicine development.”

Sopon estimates that the research team would be able to extract 10 to 15 litres – or 18,000 bottles – of concentrated cannabis oil from the first 100 kilograms of marijuana.

He says the GPO expected to produce the preliminary results of its research by the end of this year.
It is estimated that the research team will better understand the quality, cannabinoid substances, and unique medicinal properties of marijuana through various regional sources. These breakthroughs will allow the GPO to assess the feasibility for upscaling the medicine development to clinical trial level and further plan for commercial production.

GPO managing director Dr Withoon Danwiboon revealed that if the outcome of the research indicated hopeful signs for medicine development and commercial production of new medical products, his organisation planned to expand production to an industrial scale.

“Initially at this stage, the main base for medical research and development on marijuana remains at our head office in Bangkok,” Withoon said.

“In the next step, for increased production scale and research project expansion, we plan to develop a special facility for the entire chain of cannabis medicine development and production at our land plots in Chon Buri.”

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