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Globalists target Italy’s Matteo Salvini for destruction (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the latest “Russia meddling” globalist attack aimed at Itay’s de facto leader Matteo Salvini.

Salvini is now flirting with the possibility of a snap election before voters as the scandal that has become known as Italy’s version of “Russiagate” continues to make headlines across the main stream media.

Speculation that the government could collapse has intensified with Salvini in non-stop campaign mode, routinely criticizing his coalition ally in the populist, anti-establishment Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio.

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Via The Local, Italy

Salvini is fighting tooth and nail against suggestions that his far-right League party tried to get covert Russian payments during talks in Moscow last year.

But the revelation by news website Buzzfeed of a conversation recorded in a Moscow hotel between one of Salvini’s top lieutenants and three Russians discussing covert payments has put him on the back foot.

The first reports of these meetings surfaced in the Italian press in February. But the scoop by online news website Buzzfeed — based on an audio recording of the talks — pushed it back centre stage and was widely reported in Italy.

The deal under discussion was to covertly divert $65 million (58 million euros) to the League by means of discounted Russian oil transactions through intermediaries.

Buzzfeed identified Gianluca Savoini of the League as one of three Italians talking to three Russians. It said the talks took place in October.

Former journalist Savoini, 56, is married to a Russian and is president of the Lombardy-Russia association. He is considered one of the League’s main contacts with Russia.

“A hoax, a fraud, a piece of dirt,” Savoini told Italian daily La Repubblicca, describing the Buzzfeed story.

When the story broke on Wednesday, Salvini denied it. “Never taken a ruble, a euro, a dollar or a litre of vodka in financing from Russia,” he said in a statement.

But he has never hidden his admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who visited Italy only last week. And during his visit, Putin referred to a cooperation agreement between his United Russia party and Salvini’s League.

Salvini’s says his support for Putin, his fight to overturn European sanctions imposed against Russia for their 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, comes “free”. His position is a matter of conviction, he insists.

 Ongoing investigation

According to reports in the Italian press, prosecutors are already investigating Savoini, put on the trail by earlier accounts of the Moscow meetings published in the Italian press.

Under the terms of a deal it reached last September, the League is already paying back 49 million euros of fraudulently obtained election expenses claimed between 2008 and 2010, before Salvini took over as leader in 2013.

The agreement the party reached with Genoa prosecutors to pay the money back over a period of decades went down very badly with opposition parties, and Salvini has had to take the heat from that agreement.

In parliament, opposition deputies held up signs reading “65 million” and “49 million” to link the two affairs. Former prime minister Matteo Renzi of the centre-left Democratic Party described Savoini’s talks in Russia as “high treason”.

This latest affair bears some resemblance to the scandal that brought down Austrian nationalist Heinz-Christian Strache in May.

Leader of the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), Strache resigned on May 18 after a hidden-camera sting filmed in a luxury villa on the island of Ibiza, in which he appeared to offer public contracts in exchange for campaign help from a fake Russian backer.

But Buzzfeed is convinced that its recording is not of a sting but of talks between genuine players on both sides — even if Savoini is not as senior a figure as Strache was.

“I’ve never met him personally,” said Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Savoini. The latter, however, was among the guests to a formal dinner given in Putin’s honour in Rome last week.

He appears in a photo of the event, standing in the background as a smiling Putin and Conte exchange toasts.

“He wasn’t invited by the interior ministry,” said Salvini at a press conference Friday.

With an exasperated air he said: “Guys, let me do my job seriously. Look for the rubles — good luck. And me: I’ll do my job. I think this investigation is ridiculous.”

But the story was still making headlines Saturday. “Salvini couldn’t not know” said one in La Repubblica.

International lawyer Gianluca Meranda wrote to the paper to identify himself as one of the other people recorded at the October meeting in Moscow.

He confirmed negotiations, but said that the talks about an oil deal had not in the end led to anything. He denied any question that this was about getting funding for the party. But he was happy to talk to prosecutors, he added.


The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of this site. This site does not give financial, investment or medical advice.

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July 19, 2019

I’m Italian and what in the US would be called a “progressive”. Nonetheless I regularly read your posts carefully, because you usually make many intersting points on anything that has to do with russophobia. But I believe you might be taking this political scandal too lightly. Things don’t look very good. The meeting at the Metropol actually happened. The people who participated and that are now inquired by the italian judicial system for the crime of corruption didn’t deny their presence at the meeting. That they were actually negotiating a deal with the intent of illegally financing Lega’s EU parliamentary… Read more »

Reply to  Leonardo
July 20, 2019

This was an elaborate and very expensive sting operation. Get some Italian politician drunk in a luxury villa that has been pre bugged. This was a political hit job.

Reply to  mark
July 20, 2019

The meeting happened at the Metropol Hotel in Moscow. So, unless you really believe the Russians were interested in exposing a political party that was asking for the removal of sanctions on Russia, we can pretty safely assume that the meeting was authentic and either some foreign intelligence agency carried out the recording of the conversation, or one of the participants on the Italian side did. Either way, they were pretty dumb to let themselves being caught. And now that the meeting has been exposed it will stay exposed, no matter if it originated as a trap. Now the question… Read more »

AM Hants
AM Hants
July 20, 2019

Why is it bad to talk to Russians, but, good to accept funding from So ros?

Out of curiousity, I wonder if the find of Ukraine weapons, intended for the assassination of the Italian Prime Minister, had anything to do with the arrests of the Gambini Mafia Family, over in Italy and also New York? Timing makes one curious.

lynette cracknell chaplin
lynette cracknell chaplin
July 20, 2019

Apart from more controversy regarding the Lega, it is a pity that Salvini gets so much press coverage . The 5 star movement have done much more for the country whilst in the government. Salvini spends a lot of time promoting his political career.

john vieira
john vieira
July 21, 2019

Questionable…although some are not to bright…but the NWO has proven to be loathsome and despicable in their quest for domination…via the UN and EU…and NOTHING is beyond their imagination!!!

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