Conte does not want Russian funding insinuations to cloud Italian general election

Conte does not want Russian funding insinuations to ‘pollute’ vote

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Giuseppe Conte, leader of 5-Star Movement (M5S), says there is a risk insinuations about Russian funding to political parties could contaminate the September 25 general election campaign.

According to a US intelligence report, Russian funding equates to over $300 million to foreign parties, officials and politicians in more than 20 countries since 2014.

The president of the Italian parliament’s Copasir intelligence oversight body has said there was no news of Italy being involved at the moment. Brothers of Italy (FdI) leader Giorgia Meloni and League leader Matteo Salvini said Wednesday they have never accepted money from Moscow.

“I wouldn’t like the election campaign to be polluted by these insinuations and conjectures, which I hope are all false,” ex-premier Conte told reporters. “It is necessary to handle this issue with care, not toss on the floor of a delicate, complex election campaign”.

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