Russia has given YouTube an ultimatum, take down a video that Putin and his gang don’t like, or get blocked by the whole state of Russia (because no one in Russia has access to VPNs or anything).
Of course, Russians who want to get to YouTube might very well get there despite the best efforts of the Putin gang, but the fact that Russia is threatening to attempt to block YouTube over a video they don’t like gives you a sense of how controlling the coercive enterprise of Russia really is.
You might like how Putin effectively trolls the American left, but remember, he’s no darling of liberty. This particular incident is a reminder of that fact.
|YouTube Could Be Blocked In Russia Over “Bribe” Video Of Oligarch Linked To Trump Campaign|
YouTube has yet to decide how to respond to a Russian court order to take down videos and photos posted by Alexei Navalny, the opposition leader and Vladimir Putin’s most prominent political foe. The video shows a controversial meeting between a Kremlin-linked oligarch and a top Russian official. YouTube, as well as Instagram, could be banned in the country if they don’t comply with the order, which resulted from a complaint filed by Russian mining magnate Oleg Deripaska.
The video shows Deripaska, the wealthiest man in Russia, meeting with Sergei Prikhodo, a Russian deputy prime minister, aboard a luxury yacht off the coast of Norway. The images included in Navalny’s video were posted to Instagram in 2016 by Anastasiya Vashukevich, a 21-year-old model and escort whose professional name is Nastya Rybka and who claims she was paid to spend time with the men.
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. He also alleges that Deripaska was updating Prikhodo on the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, with information that he had received from Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign manager. Manafort, who was recently indicted by the Justice Department for money laundering and tax fraud, has been paid millions of dollars for consulting advice by Deripaska since 2007.
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