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‘I was present’: lawyer admits to meeting with Russians, allegedly to fund Lega

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Report. Lega is getting more and more nervous, a fact shown by Matteo Salvini’s clumsy and unsuccessful attempt to deny the facts in plain sight.

written by Andrea Colombo

Topic Italy

July 16, 2019

At least one of the five anonymous conspirators—two Italians and three Russians—who were chatting amiably at the Hotel Metropol in Moscow on Oct. 18 about underhanded oil deals worth millions of euros, now has a name. His name is Gianluca Meranda, who is clearly the “Luca” from the recording published by Buzzfeed News, who was described as a “banker.”

He is actually an international lawyer, and he voluntarily stepped forward and contacted the journalists from La Repubblica who are investigating the case, putting out a public letter that the newspaper published on Saturday. In the letter, he says that he took part in the meeting in his role as General Counselor for an investment bank, which probably accounts for the ambiguous references to him as a “banker.”

Meranda brings confirmation that the meeting actually happened—a fact that was impossible to deny in any case. The participants did indeed talk about the now-infamous oil deal, but, “[a]s often is the case in this sector,........

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