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Russia Blocks Navalny’s Website After Billionaire Graft Probe

Alexei Navalny Evgeny Feldman

Russian internet providers have moved to block the website of opposition leader Alexei Navalny a week after his corruption investigation into a billionaire and a government official went viral.

Navalny alleged last Thursday that metals tycoon Oleg Deripaska discussed “solving the U.S. issue” with Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko, a top foreign policy official, three months ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  

The expose suggesting Deripaska acted as a messenger between the Kremlin and U.S. President Donald Trump’s ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort has gathered millions of views.

A court in Deripaska’s native region of Krasnodar on Friday ordered the removal of several Instagram posts and YouTube videos showing him with Prikhodko on a yacht, for infringing his privacy. 

Navalny has said the court order and its enforcement by the telecommunications watchdog Roskomnadzor also applied to his website, Navalny.com.

“Roskomnadzor has begun blocking Navalny.com on Deripaska’s demand. It still opens via some providers, but that is temporary,” Navalny tweeted on Thursday.

Deripaska won the court order against a woman who goes by the nickname Nastya Rybka, whose Instagram posts, book excerpts and open-source data Navalny used to establish a connection between the billionaire and Prikhodko.  

Instagram has already complied with the order and removed the posts used by Navalny that had not yet been deleted by Nastya Rybka, the Vedomosti business daily reported Thursday.

Google warned earlier this week that Navalny’s YouTube channel will be blocked if an excerpt of his graft investigation into Deripaska and Prikhodko remained online. 

YouTube and Instagram did not respond to a request for comment from The Moscow Times.

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