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Sex, Lies, And Instagram: Russia’s ‘Rybkagate’ Rolls On

As Russian scandals involving sex, billionaires, politicians, and talkative alleged ex-lovers go, this is a crazy one. And it’s only getting weirder.

Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny’s exposé this week of a meeting between Kremlin-connected billionaire Oleg Deripaska and a top official on a yacht has already triggered a warning of legal action, as well as a rape allegation — subsequently retracted as a joke — by a woman who claims to have been the tycoon’s lover.

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Deripaska said in a February 9 statement that he would vigorously fight “any attempts to create and disseminate false information,” vowing to use “all legal measures” and defend his “honor and dignity in court.”

His statement came a day after opposition Navalny’s salacious exposéof a meeting between Deripaska and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko aboard the tycoon’s yacht in the waters off Norway.

Navalny alleges that Deripaska’s lavish reception of Prikhodko — which was documented by video footage posted on social media and appears to have occurred in August 2016 — constitutes bribery of a senior official.

In his statement, Deripaska denied committing any “unlawful actions” and warned media outlets not to disseminate “these mendacious accusations.”

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Russia’s Navalny To Speak At European Court

Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny is expected to speak at a hearing at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on January 24.

Navalny wrote on Instagram on January 23 that he was preparing for the hearing at the court in Strasbourg, France, and discussing his remarks with his lawyers.

The hearing was to focus on Navalny’s complaints against the Russian state over several incidents in which he was arrested while attempting to take part in demonstrations.

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Navalny’s army: the Russians risking all to oppose Vladimir Putin

Opposition politician’s campaign gathers steam ahead of 2018 election, but his supporters face threats and intimidation.

It has been a rough couple of months for Ksenia Pakhomova, a bright-eyed, garrulous 23-year-old from the Siberian mining town of Kemerovo. Her boyfriend was kicked out of university, her mother was fired from her teaching job at an arts school, and her grandmother was threatened with dismissal from her job at a gallery.

To top it off, someone plastered notices with her photograph in public places near her home, complete with her mobile number and an offer of sexual services.

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