Under Russian pressure to remove content, Instagram complies but YouTube holds off

State body Roskomnadzor has threatened to block any site distributing the video, including YouTube and Instagram, but both remain accessible in Russian Federation.

Navalny's website, the webpage dedicated to his investigation concerning Deripaska and Deputy Prime Minister Serge Prikhodko, as well as the relevant YouTube video, were earlier included in the list of information banned from circulation.

In one snippet, Deripaska explains to Rybka why relations between Russian Federation and the United States are so bad.

Prikhodko added that Navlany "confusingly mixed everything possible and impossible - from my friend (Oleg Deripaska) to the American President Trump and Manafort, who I do not know personally". Both Deripaska and Prikhodko say that the information the blogger made public is untrue.

Deripaska won a court injunction ordering the video to be taken down, along with six other videos and 14 Instagram posts. However, several developments before and after the suit was filed suggest that while Navalny formally is not a defendant in Deripaska's lawsuit, he might very well be the target of it.

Among the sites and services complying with the order to remove the content in question is Instagram, which was the target of swift rebuke upon doing so, from Navalny and his supporters.


Mr. Navalny and his team created mirror websites and called on supporters to use virtual private networks, or VPNs, which enable them to avoid access restrictions. Her YouTube videos about relations with Deripaska were uploaded around that time, too.

In a video that has been viewed more than 4 million times, Navalny claims that the trip constitutes a bribe by Deripaska to the government official.

Navalny claims that the videos allegedly showing the escort, Derpaska and Prikhodo, are evidence of government corruption and has refused to take down the videos.

Second, after Deripaska's legal team filed suit, Roskomnadzor immediately added Navalny's video investigation to its official list of sites containing information not to be distributed in Russian Federation, specifically referring to Deripaska's lawsuit as the reason. YouTube hasn't agreed to remove the video as of Thursday afternoon.

On February 15, Alexey Navalny said Roskomnadzor had blocked access to his website in Russian Federation. According to the businessman's spokesperson, the plaintiffs violated Deripaska's privacy. The court instructed Russia's communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, to enforce its decision.


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