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Russian Federation threatens to block YouTube and Instagram over political spat

Russian Federation threatens to block YouTube and Instagram over political spat

Following the court order, Roskomnadzor dutifully added the photo and video material to its list of things that must be censored and contacted YouTube and Instagram to order it to take the material off of its site or face being blocked throughout the country.

YouTube and Instagram may be blocked in Russian Federation as early as tomorrow unless they comply with the order and remove the material, Vedomosti newspaper reported, citing the watchdog.

Navalny's investigation drew from the social media account of a woman who claims to have had an affair with Deripaska.

In January 2015, while he was still under house arrest, his entire Navalny.com site was blocked over a page allegedly containing calls to take part in illegal protests.

The opposition leader also noted that Rybka's video filmed weeks before the 2016 U.S. election captured a conversation about former U.S. State Department employee Victoria Nuland, and connected the Deripaska-Prikhodko conversation to speculation that the oligarch could have been a link between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.

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

Deripaska is seeking removal of only the 14 Instagram posts and seven YouTube videos, and not to block access to the two services entirely, the spokeswoman for Basic Element said in an email.




Navalny is President Putin's most prominent opponent, but he has been banned from standing as a candidate in the presidential elections due next month.

Navalny said that beyond cavorting with what he said were women in the "escort services industry", Prikhodko was accepting a bribe from the billionaire by traveling on his ship. It sources Instagram videos and social media accounts published by a model and escort who posted videos in 2016 linking Deripaska to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei E. Prikhodko, according to the New York Times.

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

Navalny in trouble with Russian government and Google over video supposedly capturing a hush-hush meeting on a yacht. "If you take any of my anti-corruption investigations or any points from my political platform, I'm sure the majority of Russian citizens would support me - and that's why I wasn't allowed to run".

According to an AFP report, the Navalny investigation had received more than 4 million views on YouTube as of February 13.


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