10 Jul 2019

Salvini’s League party denies seeking funding from Russian investors

Europe Editor and Presenter

A leaked audio recording published by a news website allegedly reveals that Matteo Salvini’s Italian right-wing Lega Party sought to funnel millions of euros in Russian oil money into its campaign coffers.

BuzzFeed News says it obtained a recording made last October of what it claims is a Moscow meeting involving three Russians and a close associate of Mr Salvini discussing ways of channelling money ahead of the European Parliament elections in May.

Matteo Salvini has denied his party has ever taken money from Russian investors.