Russian Federation blocks opposition leader's website just before election


The videos prove that by accepting a trip on Deripaska's yacht, Prikhodko had in effect been bribed by the former, Navalny says in a lawsuit against Rozkomnadzor, as reported by

A Russian court has now ruled that the videos must be removed from the social media platforms, as they invade the privacy of Deripaska.

Russia's media watchdog Roskomnadzor has ordered telecommunications service providers to block access to blogger Alexei Navalny's webpages containing personal information related to businessman Oleg Deripaska, the watchdog's press service told TASS.

Putin's arch-foe, opposition leader Alexey Navalny, posted a half-hour video last week purportedly showing Kremlin-linked oligarch Oleg Deripaska - a billionaire, who also has ties to US President Donald Trump's ex-campaign manager, Paul Manafort - hanging out on a yacht off the coast of Norway with Prikhodko along with a woman described by Navalny as coming from "an escort service".

Navalny was not named in the suit, the representative said.

"The first reports that does not open have come in", Navalny tweeted, and other Internet users said on Twitter that they were unable to open the site through major Russian Internet providers.

A member of Navalny's team posted a screen shot of a message the team allegedly received from YouTube and Google, demanding that he take down one of the videos where he discusses the allegedly corrupt dealings.

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Rybka's posts relating to the allegations were no longer accessible on Instagram yesterday, but Navalny's 25-minute YouTube video - that has racked up more than five million hits since it was posted last week - was still available.

"Roskomnadzor expects a decision from.Google on the deletion from YouTube of the materials [referred to] in the court decision".

Navalny has called for a boycott of Russia's March 18 presidential election after he was barred from running over a criminal conviction he says is politically motivated. It said that the material "has been deleted" from Instagram.

Mr Navalny also uploaded a photo of the "secret meeting" alongside a post detailing corruption claims, to his own Instagram account.

Navalny's anticorruption foundation earlier published documents suggesting that Prikhodko, a longtime public servant with no significant private income, owns a luxurious mansion outside Moscow. To limit access to services have been given until Wednesday night, February 14.

YouTube and Instagram did not immediately respond to a request for comment.