Compromising material appears frequently in Russian politics

MOSCOW (AP) — Blurry video of highly placed men engaging in sexual acts, audio recordings of influential figures profanely insulting their nominal allies — in Russia these appear enough that a special word has evolved: "kompromat," or "compromising material."

In the wake of unsubstantiated allegations that Russia has gathered kompromat against President-elect Donald Trump, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov brushed them off as an attempt to undermine potentially improved U.S.-Russia ties once Trump takes office.

In March 2016, grainy video was broadcast that appeared to show Kasyanov and a woman identified as an...
7 Published By - World News From SFGate - 2017.01.11. 17:55
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