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

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Navalny found 2016 videos of Deripaska on his yacht with Sergey Prikhodko, Russia's deputy prime minister, and said Deripaska could have been bribing Prikhodko and offering information about the 2016 US election he had received from Manafort.

Google has told Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny it may block his YouTube channel, after a Russian court issued an injunction following a complaint by billionaire Oleg Deripaska. Ms. Vashukevich removed the material from her Instagram account, but as of late Thursday, Mr. Navalny's investigation was still available on YouTube.

Also with them is a woman calling herself Nastya Rybka, whose Instagram posts alerted Navalny to the meeting, he says in a video that is still accessible on YouTube. As the immediate result of Deripaska's lawsuit, Roskomnadzor, Russia's communications regulator, added the postings of the video to its list of banned Web pages.

Alexey Navalny, the key opposition figure in Russian Federation, said today that his site Navalny.com has been blocked in Russian Federation.

Deripaska also has past ties to President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, now indicted by the special counsel investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election campaign.

In addition to the Instagram and YouTube posts, the Russian court also ordered that Navalny's own website be blocked, after he refused to take down the content in question.

Navalny has suggested that he is being targeted due to his calls to boycott the 2018 presidential election, which he calls rigged for Putin.

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

Roskomnadzor announced around midday on February 14 that "nearly 30 resources" had deleted Navalny's video from their sites.

Instagram and YouTube may be blocked in Russian Federation unless they remove videos allegedly showing the Deputy Prime Minister meeting an oligarch with links to Donald Trump's presidential campaign on a luxury yacht.

This is not Navalny's first attempt to link Russia's business leaders to the political elite.

Meanwhile, the Interfax news agency reported that Roskomnadzor was pressing its demand that U.S. Internet giant Google delete or block access to the videos and photos on YouTube. YouTube hasn't agreed to remove the video as of Thursday afternoon.

Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor included the materials on its register of blacklisted sites following the court order. According to the businessman's spokesperson, the plaintiffs violated Deripaska's privacy.

With most news media outlets controlled by the government, Mr. Navalny's website is virtually his only vehicle for distributing his investigations of corruption among members of Mr. Putin's inner circle.

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