Media watchdog orders to block access to Navalny's website following tycoon's lawsuit

Russia Threatens YouTube, Instagram Over Videos Of Kremlin Official And Oligarch

Russia Threatens YouTube, Instagram Over Videos Of Kremlin Official And Oligarch

Google subsequently wrote to Mr Navalny's team saying it might be forced to block the videos.

Deripaska, who emails show was offered briefings on the Trump campaign by Manafort, went to court only days after the investigation's publication, and a judge agreed with his claim that they violated his privacy.

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. Prikhodko said the issue would have to be settled "man to man", and Deripaska accused Navalny of trying to ruin his reputation.

The Russian government has threatened to block YouTube and Instagram over videos and posts relating to Oleg Deripaska, an oligarch who has been linked to Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

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

The media watchdog expects Google to make a decision as to whether YouTube would or would not delete content mentioned in the court ruling.

The relevant information has already been deleted from Instagram accounts. 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 has refused to take down the content from either platform.

Miss Rybka posted several videos in 2016 showing Deripaska on his yacht talking with Deputy Prime minister Prikhodko.

If neither Mr Navalny nor the United States tech firms involved delete or otherwise block local access to the imagery by the end of the day, then Russia's ISPs will be required to take action themselves.

Navalny's foundation earlier published documents suggesting that Prikhodko, a long-time public servant with no significant private income, owns a luxurious mansion outside Moscow.

Deripaska has not denied meeting with Prikhodko on the yacht, but in a February 9 statement he said he had done nothing illegal and warned media outlets not to disseminate what he called "mendacious accusations".

YouTube and Instagram face being blocked by Russian internet service providers as a result of a standoff between one of the country's richest businessmen and an opposition leader.

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