Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Russia: Instagram bows to censors in Alexei Navalny corruption investigation

Mr Navalny has criticised Instagram for meeting Russia's internet censor's demand Mr Navalny has criticised Instagram for meeting Russia's internet censor's demand
Derrick Tucker | 16 February, 2018, 06:12

Instagram has bowed to pressure from Moscow and removed posts linked to an investigation by Russia's opposition leader into a deputy prime minister's trip on a billionaire's yacht.

"Roskomnadzor has begun blocking Navalny.com on Deripaska's demand".

"Instagram made a decision to comply with Russian illegal censorship requests and deleted some content about oligarch Deripaska", tweeted Navalny.

Soon after, Deripaska hit Navalny with a court order for the removal of 14 Instagram posts and seven YouTube videos.

His latest offering is centered on Instagram posts and a book written by a woman who goes by Nastya Rybka, who talks about how she seeks to work as an escort for oligarchs.

A February 14 deadline that Navalny said was set by Roskomnadzor passed without incident, but reports that navalny.com was inaccessible for many in Russian Federation began flowing in on February 15.

It said the platforms showed a senior government official sailing on a yacht with a billionaire oligarch, who has links with the former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

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Navalny has called for a boycott of Russia's Mar 18 presidential election after he was barred from running over a criminal conviction he says was politically motivated.

Russian Federation has threatened to shut down YouTube and Instagram unless they agree to remove a video accusing Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Prikhodko of corruption. Her YouTube videos about relations with Deripaska were uploaded around that time, too.

"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.

Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor included the materials on its register of blacklisted sites following the court order.

Also on February 9, RFE/RL's Russian Service received an e-mail notification from Roskomnadzor stating that Navalny's report contained material whose dissemination in Russia was prohibited.

We've had ongoing discussions on this site about the ham-fisted website censorship policy that Russian Federation has undertaken over the past few years. "If you do not remove the content, Google may be required to block it", said the email. According to the businessman's spokesperson, the plaintiffs violated Deripaska's privacy.

A spokeswoman for Navalny told Fast Company that "YouTube hasn't blocked our video yet", but that it could likely happen this week. The lawsuit did not directly concern Navalny, who had used the content available on social media for investigative purposes.

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