Navalny accuses top Russian official of ties to billionaire - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Navalny accuses top Russian official of ties to billionaire

(AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias/File). FILE - This is a Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. file photo of Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny as he poses for photographers prior to a hearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, eastern Fran... (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias/File). FILE - This is a Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. file photo of Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny as he poses for photographers prior to a hearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, eastern Fran...

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA
Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny published an investigation Thursday alleging that a Russian Cabinet member received lavish hospitality from billionaire Oleg Deripaska, a tycoon who has been linked to U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Navalny's investigation, published Thursday, draws from the social media account of a woman who claims to have had an affair with Deripaska. The woman, who calls herself Nastya Rybka, has written a book about her work as an escort and said in an interview on Russian television last year that she has been hired by a modeling agency to spend time at Deripaska's yacht.

Rybka posted several videos in 2016 showing Deripaska on his yacht talking with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko. In one snippet, Deripaska explains to the woman why relations between Russia and the United States are so bad.

Navalny quoted public records suggesting that Prikhodko spent several days on the yacht and was flown there by Deripaska's private jet.

Navalny's foundation earlier published documents suggesting that Prikhodko, a long-time public servant with no significant private income, owns a luxurious mansion outside Moscow.

Deripaska's spokesman rejected Navalny's report.

"These scandalous and mendacious assumptions are driven by sensationalism and we totally refute these outrageous false allegations in the strongest possible way," he said in an emailed statement, asking to be unnamed in line with the company's policy.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • The Latest: Shiffrin gets silver in combined, Vonn skies out

    The Latest: Shiffrin gets silver in combined, Vonn skies out

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 8:35 PM EST2018-02-22 01:35:29 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 2:05 AM EST2018-02-22 07:05:31 GMT

    Russian state TV reports that curler Alexander Krushelnitsky will give back his Olympic bronze medal after failing a drug test at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

    Russian state TV reports that curler Alexander Krushelnitsky will give back his Olympic bronze medal after failing a drug test at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

  • Gasser outduels Anderson for gold in women's Big Air

    Gasser outduels Anderson for gold in women's Big Air

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 9:34 PM EST2018-02-22 02:34:18 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:05 AM EST2018-02-22 06:05:32 GMT

    Anna Gasser edged two-time gold medalist Jamie Anderson in a thrilling final to earn gold in the Olympic debut of women's Big Air snowboarding.

    Anna Gasser edged two-time gold medalist Jamie Anderson in a thrilling final to earn gold in the Olympic debut of women's Big Air snowboarding.

  • Closings & Cancellations

    Closings & Cancellations

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 10:54 PM EST2018-02-22 03:54:17 GMT
    (Source: RNN Texoma)(Source: RNN Texoma)

    Newschannel 6 is working to monitor the latest closures, delays and cancellations across Texoma due to inclement weather.

    Newschannel 6 is working to monitor the latest closures, delays and cancellations across Texoma due to inclement weather.

Powered by Frankly