Sexy ‘graft’ video may lead Russia to block Instagram, YouTube

Russia may block access to YouTube and Instagram after billionaire Oleg Deripaska won a court injunction against videos and photographs that showed him and Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Prikhodko relaxing on a yacht with a woman described as an escort.

The Russian court has ordered the removal of 14 Instagram posts and seven YouTube videos that breached his right to privacy, according to a spokeswoman for Deripaska’s Basic Element company.

Deripaska is seeking removal of only the 14 Instagram posts and seven YouTube videos, and not to block access to the two services entirely, the spokeswoman for Basic Element said in an email. However, unless they comply with the order and remove the material, YouTube and Instagram may be blocked in Russia as early as Wednesday, according to the Internet regulator Roskomnadzor, cited by business daily Vedomosti.

Anti-Kremlin campaigner Alexey Navalny said the order also threatens to block his website after he published an online film alleging that the videos and photographs posted by the woman, who calls herself Nastya Rybka, showed evidence of a corrupt relationship between Deripaska and Prikhodko.

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