Russia blocks Alexei Navalny’s website over investigation of oligarch linked to Trump aide

Russia has blocked the popular website of opposition leader Alexei Navalny over his investigation of an oligarch connected to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

The state communications oversight agency banned after oligarch Oleg Deripaska won a court decision against the investigation published there, which his representative told The Telegraph included “outrageous false accusations”. 

The anti-corruption activist, who has been calling for a boycott of March’s presidential election after he was barred from challenging Vladimir Putin, had found a model’s Instagram videos of Mr Deripaska discussing US relations with deputy prime minister Sergei Prikhodko, a former foreign policy advisor to Mr Putin.  

The conversation took place on Mr Deripaska’s yacht off the coast of Norway in August 2016, Mr Navalny claimed using photos and ship and flight records. That was a month after Mr Manafort  allegedly offered the oligarch private briefings on Donald Trump’s campaign. 

The metals magnate has denied receiving these briefings but admitted he had hired Mr Manafort as a consultant. He sued Mr Manafort last month for allegedly defrauding him of $18.9 million. 

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny is arrested last month at a rally calling for a boycott of March's presidential voteCredit:
Evgeny Feldman/AP Photo

Mr Navalny said bringing Mr Prikhodko on a yacht trip with beautiful women should be considered bribery. The deputy prime minister called the investigation a “provocation,” although he said he wouldn’t sue Mr Navalny.

The communications oversight agency forced Instagram to delete the video posts with Mr Deripaska and Mr Prikhodko. It was also reportedly in talks with Google to remove a YouTube video of the investigation’s results, which was still accessible on Thursday.

Oleg Deripaska, head of the En+ alumiumium-to-hydropower group, at an agreement signing in Moscow in DecemberCredit:
Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Mr Navalny’s website has been blocked before over his many corruption investigations. His investigation alleging that prime minister Dmitry Medvedev owned a luxurious real estate portfolio including a Tuscan vineyard sparked huge street protests last year.

Police arrested the firebrand activist during rallies last month calling for a boycott of the election, which Mr Putin is all but certain to win. 

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