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Compromising material appears frequently in Russian politics

Published:Thursday | January 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Russian President Vladimir Putin.

MOSCOW, Russia (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 US-Russia ties once Trump takes office.

"The Kremlin does not engage in collecting compromising information," he told reporters on yesterday.

But such material has shown up in Russia for decades. Recent examples of kompromat often support Kremlin interests or appear via media believed to have close ties to President Vladimir Putin's administration.