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Russia Blocks Navalny's Website After Billionaire Graft Probe

Russia Blocks Navalny's Website After Billionaire Graft Probe

Navalny's website, the webpage dedicated to his investigation concerning Deripaska and Deputy Prime Minister Serge Prikhodko, as well as the relevant YouTube video, were earlier included in the list of information banned from circulation.

Mr Deripaska has threatened to sue those who repeat Mr Navalny's claims.

Navalny claims the holiday on the billionaire's yacht amounts to a "bribe", and points to a relationship between Deripaska and Manafort, suggesting the two Russians may have been discussing the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Instagram and YouTube may be blocked in Russian Federation unless they remove videos allegedly showing the Deputy Prime Minister meeting an oligarch with links to Donald Trump's presidential campaign on a luxury yacht.

Billionaire Alisher Usmanov took to YouTube previous year to post his own video responses to Navalny's allegations that he donated real estate to a fund benefiting Medvedev, calling the anti-corruption campaigner a "loser" and saying "I spit on you".

A spokeswoman for Navalny told Fast Company that "YouTube hasn't blocked our video yet", but that it could likely happen this week.

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"It's impossible for internet providers to block certain pages on Instagram and YouTube", and they'll have to block the services unless the material singled out by the watchdog is deleted, said Karen Kazaryan, chief analyst at the Russian Association for Electronic Communications, an internet lobby group.

Deripaska also has past ties to President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, now indicted by the special counsel investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA election campaign.

Deripaska denied wrongdoing after Navalny published his video Feb 8, calling it a "planned campaign" to damage his reputation.

"An oligarch takes a top government official on a ride on his own yacht - that's a bribe", Navalny says in the video.

A dispute between one of Russia's richest businessmen and an opposition leader could mean no access to YouTube and Instagram for the country's citizens. Navalny's allegations "should have been answered in a manly way, but we'll stay within the law", Prikhodko said, the RBC newspaper reported on Feb 9. Such moves, usually implemented through Rozkomnadzor by its own initiative or at the request of courts or the General Prosecutor, consists of blacklists, regulations, intimidations, and cyber-attacks. The context here is that Navalny is a member of the political opposition to the Russian government and his posts on this topic have as much to do with accusations of an improper relationship between the billionaire and the Deputy Prime Minister as it does of sordid relationships with escorts.

Deripaska won a court injunction ordering the video to be taken down, along with six other videos and 14 Instagram posts.


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