The New York Times has truly outdone itself in shitty reporting:
Mr. Navalny’s team scoured social media accounts belonging to a 21-year-old Belarus-born blogger, Anastasia Vashukevich, who posted videos in 2016 that showed Mr. Deripaska sailing on his yacht around Norway with a deputy prime minister, Sergei E. Prikhodko. At one point, Mr. Deripaska appears to be explaining to the blogger why relations between Russia and the United States are so bad.
The “Belarus blogger” is actually a prostitute. The videos she posted are not of the oligarch “sailing on his yacht with a deputy prime minister” but actually of the three of them having sex. This piece sounds like the oligarch was being interviewed by a journalist on his yacht when the reality is that this was a sex orgy during which a leading Russian politician got covertly filmed while ordering the oligarch to blackmail Manafort. The prostitute claims she was gang-raped. The neo-Nazi Navalny broke the story in the Russian media. Even more hardcore Russian neo-Nazis took it and conducted a series of breakthrough reporting on the corruption that originated in Russia and spread across the ocean.
There is a million juicy angles here yet the hapless NYTimes reporter makes it about Internet freedom and YouTube. It’s incredible. I understand that mentioning Manafort might be tricky but orgies, prostitutes, pickup artists (who are also a huge part of the story), gang rape, neo-Nazis, a Russian minister having sex with an oligarch! And all you talk is YouTube? Words fail me.