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Russia’s ex-deputy PM Prikhodko

MOSCOW — Sergei Prikhodko, Russia’s former deputy prime minister who played a prominent role in shaping Russia’s foreign policy, has died. He was 64.

Russian news agencies reported the death on Tuesday, citing spokespeople of the government. Prikhodko served as deputy prime minister between 2013 and 2018. In January 2020, he was appointed aide to Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

In an investigation published in 2018, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny alleged that Prikhodko received lavish hospitality from billionaire Oleg Deripaska, who is close to President Vladimir Putin and also had a working relationship with Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager.

Navalny’s investigation drew from the social media account of a woman who claimed to have had an affair with Deripaska. The woman, who calls herself Nastya Rybka, posted several videos in 2016 purportedly showing Deripaska on his yacht talking with Prikhodko.

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