Photos posted to Vyacheslav Dukhin’s Instagram account, including the one above, show him touring the Energomash plant in Chekhov with Alexander Lebedev

Alexander Lebedev met with a senior Russian official in early February, weeks before Ukraine was invaded.
Vyacheslav Dukhin posted photos on his Instagram showing Lebedev and him touring a factory that produces parts for Russia’s nuclear energy industry.
It comes amid questions about his son’s peerage, and both men’s relationship with Boris Johnson. 

Alexander Lebedev met with a senior Russian government official in early February, weeks before the invasion of Ukraine, to tour a complex that produces parts for Russia’s nuclear energy industry.

Photographs posted on Instagram by Vyacheslav Dukhin, a former journalist who has since July 2020 been deputy prime minister of the Moscow region, show the two men touring the Energomash ChZEM complex in Chekhov, near Moscow. 

At the time, Russian forces were built up on the Ukrainian borders, with NATO forces on standby. After the invasion of Ukraine began, Dukhin shared pro-war content on his Instagram.

The photographs show the pair looking at components produced by Energomash, visiting a cultural complex set up at a renovated factory on the site, and at a sports center on the site.

Energomash is the only manufacturer of a type of valve for Rosatom, the state-owned Russian nuclear energy organisation, Dukhin wrote.

Lebedev, whose links to the firm date back to 2015, is a former KGB agent and the father of newspaper proprietor Evgeny Lebedev, whose peerage has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks.

Boris Johnson pushed forward with the honour for his friend despite the British security services recommending against it, according to the Sunday Times.

Lord Bew, chair of the Lords’ appointments vetting watchdog Holac, recently told MPs it was a “case of particular complexity with many wrinkles that are so obvious to everybody: how much is somebody responsible for their father”.

Lebedev junior is the majority owner of the Evening Standard and the Independent, which were first purchased for £1 each by his father.

Questions also surround a reported meeting between Johnson, then foreign secretary, and Lebedev senior during an April 2018 trip to a villa owned by the Lebedevs in Italy.

Johnson travelled without his security detail and no minutes were made of their meeting, which came a month after the Salisbury chemical poisonings of former Russian agent Sergei Skripal.

Johnson is yet to respond to a Parliamentary question on …read more

Source:: Business Insider


Alexander Lebedev met senior Russian government official weeks before invasion of Ukraine

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