Italian prosecutors to investigate League Russian funding claims

Irish Times | Jul 11, 2019 at 6:45 PM
  • Milan prosecutors have opened a corruption investigation into Italy’s far-right League party over allegations that it received funds from Moscow ahead of May’s European elections.
  • The investigation came to light on Thursday, a day after the website Buzzfeed reported that a close aid to Matteo Salvini, Italy’s deputy prime minister and leader of the League, held talks with Russian businessmen soliciting financing worth more than €1 billion.
  • The meeting was organised “to negotiate the terms of an agreement to send millions of dollars from Russian oil to Salvini’s party, through a secret channel”.