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Russia's opposition leader accuses premier of corruption

  • FILE  In this June 7, 2014 file photo, the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, in Tuam, County Galway.  Forensics experts say they have found a mass grave for young children at a former Catholic orphanage in Ireland where suspicions of unrecorded, unmarked burials have lingered for decades. (Niall Carson/PA via AP, File)

    FILE In this June 7, 2014 file photo, the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, in Tuam, County Galway. Forensics experts say they have found a mass grave for young children at a former Catholic orphanage in Ireland where suspicions of unrecorded, unmarked burials have lingered for decades. (Niall Carson/PA via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken on Thursday, March 2, 2017, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speaks during a cabinet meeting in Moscow, Russia. Russia's leading opposition figure has published a sweeping report accusing the nation's prime minister of corruption, the claim the premier's office has shrugged off as propaganda. (Yekaterina Shtukina, Sputnik, Government Pool Photo via AP)

    In this photo taken on Thursday, March 2, 2017, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speaks during a cabinet meeting in Moscow, Russia. Russia's leading opposition figure has published a sweeping report accusing the nation's prime minister of corruption, the claim the premier's office has shrugged off as propaganda. (Yekaterina Shtukina, Sputnik, Government Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Russia's leading opposition figure has published a sweeping report accusing the nation's prime minister of corruption, claims which the premier's office has shrugged off as propaganda.

In his report posted Thursday, Alexei Navalny alleged that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has amassed a collection of lavish mansions, yachts and vineyards worth billions and managed via charities controlled by Medvedev's associates.

Medvedev's spokeswoman, Natalya Timakova, dismissed Navalny's claims as part of election campaigning, saying in a statement carried by Russian news agencies that it's "senseless" to comment on his "propaganda attacks."

The charismatic Navalny was a key driving force behind massive opposition protests in Moscow in 2011-2012. He has declared his intention to run for president in 2018, though a court ruling bars him from joining the race.