Corruption claims ‘nonsense’ – Russian PM Medvedev

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has dismissed as “nonsense” allegations that he has secretly accumulated a vast fortune including country estates.

The corruption allegations came in a video by opposition campaigner Alexei Navalny, viewed by millions on YouTube.

Mr Medvedev’s properties include a vineyard in Italy, a mountain villa, and two luxury yachts, it is alleged.

“They pick up any old tosh, nonsense, about me or my acquaintances, and people I’ve never heard of,” he said.

It is the first time he has commented on the claims published by Mr Navalny’s anti-corruption network on 2 March.

Mr Navalny said the prime minister profited from a complex business network which concealed “bribes” by using offshore schemes and charity foundations.

The claims stirred up mass protests which saw thousands of Russians march against the government in several cities on 26 March. Hundreds of demonstrators were detained, many of them young supporters of Mr Navalny.

The following day a court jailed Mr Navalny for 15 days for disobeying a police officer.

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Thousands of Russians protested against corruption on 26 March, defying a ban on such rallies

Mr Medvedev said the…

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