Russian tycoon challenges opposition leader in YouTube video
Posted May 18
MOSCOW — Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has launched a video attack on opposition leader Alexei Navalny shortly before the trial in Usmanov vs. Navalny defamation case was to begin.
Navalny released a documentary in March about the alleged secret wealth of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Navalny published legal documents showing that Usmanov along with several other Russian billionaires transferred lucrative assets to a charity foundation run by Medvedev's former classmate.
As if mimicking Navalny, a popular video blogger, released a YouTube video on Thursday in which he dismissed Navalny as a "loser" and a "failed businessman." Usmanov, who rarely talks to the press, referred to Navalny with the familiar "ty" pronoun and concluded the 12-minute clip by saying, "I spit on you."