ROME, January 17 – RIA Novosti. The prosecutor’s office in Milan, Italy, has offered to archive a case of alleged Russian financing of one of the ruling Liga parties, in which six defendants were suspected of international corruption, the newspaper la Verità reported on Tuesday.
According to the publication, the investigators did not find a criminal component in the content of the negotiations at the Moscow Metropol Hotel in October 2018. “In all likelihood,” the newspaper notes, the suspects, three Italians and Russians, will not be subjected to a lawsuit.
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The story regarding the alleged financing of the League arose in February 2019 after the publication of the popular weekly L’Espresso. The publication claimed that representatives of the “League” held secret negotiations in Moscow to secure large funding for the party in the run-up to the European elections. The magazine reported that the talks in Moscow on the Italian side were led by the head of the Lombardy-Russia Association, Gianluca Savoini, as a confidant of the League leader Matteo Salvini. The American portal Buzzfeed then published material according to which the participants allegedly discussed a deal for the supply of Russian fuel, part of the proceeds from which in the amount of $65 million was to be received by the League.
La Verità claims that the agreement was never made. In addition, during the three-year investigation, no traces were found indicating the participation of Salvini himself, who now holds the post of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Transport.
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