Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Russia Could Still Block YouTube, Instagram Over Billionaire Bribery Investigation

Russia Could Still Block YouTube, Instagram Over Billionaire Bribery Investigation

Oleg Deripaska has not disputed that the meeting with the minister took place. The government's media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, then gave YouTube and Instagram three days to take the videos down or be investigated.

The wealthy oligarch in question, Oleg Deripaska, was seen in the videos sailing his yacht around Norway, with Russian deputy prime minister Sergei Prikhodko also on board the vessel.

His latest offering is centered on Instagram posts and a book written by a woman who goes by Nastya Rybka, who talks about how she seeks to work as an escort for oligarchs. Prikhodko said the issue would have to be settled "man to man", and Deripaska accused Navalny of trying to ruin his reputation. Many of them are posts made by the former model and escort who spent time with the oligarch on his yacht. "Believe it or not, that is also a bribe".

Navalny also alleged, without offering proof, that Deripaska was briefing Prikhodko on information on the 2016 USA presidential campaign that he had received from Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign manager.

He alleged that Deripaska was feeding Prikhodo information regarding the 2016 USA presidential election.

Deripaska's ties with Manafort date back to 2005, when they reportedly signed a $10 million contract. Navalny has refused to take down the content from either platform.

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"These scandalous and mendacious assumptions are driven by sensationalism and we totally refute these outrageous false allegations in the strongest possible way", a spokesman for Deripaska told AP.

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

The message, purportedly from YouTube's legal team, says that it received a claim from Roskomnadzor that the video violates a Russian law and has been blacklisted.

YouTube and Instagram did not immediately respond to NPR's requests for comment.

Instagram photos were also among those that the watchdog wanted to block, though Rybka, whose pseudonym means "fish", appears to have deleted the original images of Deripaska from her account. Navalny has described the order as an unprecedented case of state censorship, and has urged his supporters to share his video on Deripaska's meeting with Prikhodko as widely as possible.

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