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Hard winter predicted in Italy when gas supplies from Russia are stopped

Thanks to the diversification of gas supplies, Italy is in a better position than other EU countries, the country's government said

Gas supplies from Russia to Italy have decreased by 15%, and if they are completely stopped, the republic will face a difficult winter, Italian Minister of Environmental Transformations Roberto Cingolani said in an interview with SkyTg24 TV channel.

«If Moscow cuts off gas, winter may difficult»,— he said.

Chingolani called the main task to ensure gas supplies for the winter, when there will be a peak of industrial and domestic consumption. According to him, due to the conflict in Ukraine, supplies from Russia have already decreased, and the temporary suspension of the Nord Stream may aggravate the situation.

Nord Stream will be closed for two weeks for maintenance: this will mean that there will be even less gas, and prices will rise, because the gas market is speculative and a further race of savings [gas] will begin, — Chingolani noted.

The Italian government has already allocated €30 billion to subsidize gas prices, he said. Gas storage facilities in the country are now 60% full and it is planned to reach the level of 90%, the minister said.

Cingolani said Italy is in a better position with respect to its gas supply than other EU countries, as Rome “in a matter of weeks” diversified sources of purchases.

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In April, Italy signed a contract with Algeria to increase gas supplies, Reuters wrote. Prime Minister Mario Draghi called it an important step to reduce dependence on gas from Russia.

The Italian newspaper Lifegate notes that deliveries via the Trans-Mediterranean gas pipeline from Algeria to Italy will increase by 9 billion cubic meters. m per year— up to 30 billion cubic meters Thus, the North African country will become the main supplier of gas to Italy.

The leader in supplies in 2021 was Russia, which provided Rome with 29 billion cubic meters. m., Algeria supplied 22.5 billion cubic meters. m., Azerbaijan— 7.2 bcm m., Qatar— 6.8 bcm m. Italy also buys gas from Libya, Norway, the USA and the Netherlands.

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Italy bans repeat shampooing at barbershops

Castenaso Mayor Carlo Gubellini has announced a ban on rewashing hair per session at hairdressers to save water, according to the NY Post.

According to the mayor, this will save up to 20 liters of water per wash. Violation of the ban is punishable by a fine of 500 euros.

It is planned that the ban will last until September 30.

Earlier, German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck said that in order to save money, he began to take a shower for 5 minutes. He added that in winter he may not heat his home, as he leaves home early and returns late.

The German Federal Network Agency also warned residents of the country and companies about a possible increase in gas prices. The agency added that they support the call to save as much energy as possible.

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Italy will send the fourth batch of weapons to Ukraine

The list of weapons will be finalized after the NATO summit, which will be held at the end of June. It will mainly include armored vehicles and artillery, Rome will not send long-range weapons to Kyiv .jpg” alt=”Italy will send the fourth batch of weapons to Ukraine” />

The Italian government is working on a new package of military assistance to Ukraine and is preparing to send the fourth shipment of weapons to the country since the beginning of the Russian military operation, Il Messagero newspaper reports.

The list of weapons will be classified. According to government sources, it will include mainly armored vehicles and artillery, including FH-70 howitzers with a range of up to 25-30 km, ammunition and machine guns, including Beretta MG42/59 and supplies such as camping tents and medical equipment. . Rome will not send long-range weapons to Kyiv.

The authorities are also discussing the possibility of increasing Italy's contribution to the training of the Ukrainian military in the use of Western weapons.

The final list of weapons will be formed after the NATO summit, which will be held in Madrid from 28 to 30 June. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg promised that the Allies would agree on a package of assistance to Ukraine.

First Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Alexander Kornienko said earlier that Ukraine needs long-range artillery, anti-tank weapons, multiple launch rocket systems and air defense systems, reminds Il Messagero.

The issue of arms supplies to Ukraine of Western weapons caused controversy in the Five Star Movement party, which had 227 seats in the Italian parliament. The leader of the movement, Giuseppe Conte, spoke out against these supplies, since, in his opinion, they only prolong the conflict. Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio disagrees. On June 22, he left the party, following him, according to the publication

Il Sole 24 Ore, at least 62 other parliamentarians decided to do so.

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Di Maio emphasizes that the weapons sent to Kyiv cannot be used to hit targets in Russia. The US authorities, who have sent $6.1 billion worth of military aid to Kyiv since the end of February, also speak about this. The Ukrainian authorities also ruled out such a scenario, but Russia opposes the supplies. Authorities accuse Western states of pumping weapons to Ukraine and warn that convoys with them will become “legitimate targets” Russian army.

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Leaders of Germany, France and Italy plan to visit Kyiv in June

US Ambassador to the UN called the condition for supporting Italy’s plan for Ukraine

The United States declared its support for any efforts to peacefully resolve the situation in Ukraine. Italy has previously proposed a plan that includes negotiations over “disputed territories”. In Russia, Italy's proposal was criticized

The United States supports any efforts to peacefully resolve the situation in Ukraine, if they support the Ukrainian people. This was stated by US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, answering a question about the proposal for a peaceful settlement in Ukraine, which Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio handed over to the UN.

“We support any efforts from any side to search for a peaceful settlement in the interests of the Ukrainian people, which would be approved by the Ukrainian people,— said Thomas-Greenfield.

At the same time, she noted that she had not seen the proposal itself, but knew about it.

The newspaper La Repubblica wrote on May 19 that the Italian government had prepared a plan for a peaceful settlement in Ukraine.

The plan includes four stages:

  • ceasefire in Ukraine and demilitarization of the front line under UN supervision;
  • negotiations on the status of Ukraine, which involve the country's accession to the EU, but not joining NATO;
  • a bilateral agreement between Ukraine and Russia on Crimea and Donbass: at the suggestion of the Italian authorities, the “disputed territories” will have full autonomy with the right to independently ensure their security, but sovereignty over the regions will belong to Kyiv;
  • the conclusion of a multilateral agreement on peace and security in Europe, which will cover issues of disarmament and arms control, conflict prevention and confidence-building measures.

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According to the plan, this will be followed by the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine.

Italy also proposes to create an international group that will monitor compliance with the plan (the full list of countries that could join it has not yet been determined, but among them are France, Germany, Turkey, USA, China, Canada, Great Britain, Poland and Israel), and involve the European Union, the UN and other international organizations in this process.

Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev criticized Italy's plan. lie". He called the proposal for the autonomy of Donbass within this country “obvious nonsense”; and “cheap projecting”, but about the autonomy of the Crimea — an insult to Russia.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has previously stated that a diplomatic solution to the conflict is possible only after a ceasefire by Russia and the withdrawal of troops.

Russian President Vladimir Putin named among the necessary conditions ” ;recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea, solving the problems of demilitarization and denazification of the Ukrainian state and ensuring its neutral status».

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Italy deprived Mishustin, Manturov, Kostin of state awards

Also, the Italian authorities withdrew the awards from the Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Viktor Yevtukhov. The reason is “for unworthiness”

Mikhail Mishustin

Italian President Sergio Mattarella has deprived Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov of state awards. The decree was published in the official gazette.

“The following decree, for unworthiness, deprives Mishustin Mikhail Vladimirovich and Manturov Denis of the title of Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of Italy”,— says a document dated May 9.

Mishustin and Manturov were awarded orders of the Grand Cross degree in May 2020. This award is given to foreigners who have contributed to the development of friendship and cooperation with Italy.

By another decree of this order, but a lower degree (commander), the President of Italy deprived the Deputy Head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Viktor Yevtukhov and the head of VTB Andrey Kostin. The reason is also given— “for unworthiness”.

The proposal to deprive Russian figures of awards was made by Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, writes Corriere della Sera. In the Italian Radicals party, commenting on the president's decision to withdraw the awards, they said that now they need to deal with the “remaining 26”.

Since the end of February, a number of Western countries began to deprive Russians of honorary titles and awards. The authorities of Latvia recalled from the chairman of the board of directors of Severstal Alexei Mordashov, who fell under the sanctions of the European Union, the Order of the Cross of Recognition III degree. And the largest city in the south of the Czech Republic, Český Budejovice, deprived the status of an honorary citizen of a State Duma deputy, the first woman cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova.

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Russia, in turn, deprived the government award of the former artistic director of the Theater. Vakhtangov Rimas Tuminas. Prior to this, the pranksters Vovan and Lexus published a recording of a conversation with him, where the director wished “the bombing of Moscow”.

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Medvedev called Italy’s peace plan for Ukraine “cheap scheming”

Dmitry Medvedev

The modern West has embraced the “itch of creation” peaceful plans to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, and the Italian proposals, in particular, do not correspond to the interests of Russia and are “cheap schemes”; and “nonsense”. This was stated by Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev in his Telegram.

“The West is seized with the itch to create “peace plans” that should lead to a settlement of the crisis in Ukraine. And it would be fine if it was about preparing options that would somehow take into account the realities. But— no, it's just a pure stream of consciousness of European graphomaniacs, — he wrote.

The politician cited Italy's recent proposals to resolve the crisis as an example and stressed that the Italian plan does not provide for the main interests of Russia. In particular, to the proposal for a neutral status for Ukraine and the country's entry into the EU, Medvedev replied that “all this is a lie.” He called the proposal for the autonomy of Donbass as part of Ukraine “obvious nonsense”; and “cheap projecting”, and the proposal for the autonomy of the Crimea, the deputy chairman of the Security Council considered an insult to Russia.

“There is no point in analyzing further. All this is just an attempt to help Kyiv save at least some face… However, Ukraine itself does not want to negotiate at all. They have long preferred to forget about the Russian draft peace treaty. It was as if he didn't exist at all. Reckoning only on the flow of weapons and money from Western countries, — concluded Medvedev.

In turn, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin has not yet seen Italy's proposals for a settlement in Ukraine and they hope that they will be brought through diplomatic channels in the near future.

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Foreign Ministry received Italy’s plan to resolve the situation in Ukraine

Andrei Rudenko

Russia is studying the plan of action proposed by the Italian authorities for a peaceful settlement of the situation in Ukraine, Andrey Rudenko, the replacement for Foreign Minister, told reporters, Interfax reports.

“We we recently received it, we are considering it,— said the diplomat.

Rudenko specified that the ministry would evaluate Rome's initiatives after studying them.

The Italian Foreign Ministry announced the transfer of the plan to UN Secretary General António Guterres in mid-May. The proposed actions include the prospect of resolving the conflict “through coordinated action at the world level to quickly achieve a ceasefire and restore political and economic balance,” explained Deputy Minister Manlio Di Stefano.

According to La Repubblica, Rome's action plan includes four phases:

  • ensuring a ceasefire in Ukraine and the process of demilitarizing the front line under control of UN observers;
  • Negotiations on the status of Ukraine, they should involve the country's accession to the European Union, but the rejection of NATO membership; will receive full autonomy with the right to independently ensure their own security, however, Ukraine will have sovereignty over them
  • The conclusion of a multilateral agreement on peace and security in Europe, which will address issues of arms control and disarmament, confidence-building measures and conflict prevention.

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After that, the action plan of the Italian authorities says, Russian troops must leave the territory of Ukraine.

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Italy arrested the superyacht “Scheherazade” because of the “connection with the Russian authorities”

In Italy, the Scheherazade superyacht was “frozen” in connection with the “connection” of the ship's owner with the Russian authorities. According to the NYT, the ship was in the port for repairs

Kaspersky responded to advice to state institutions of Italy to replace its services

Kaspersky and Group-IB commented on the circular with the advice to replace their software in Italy Group-IB and Kaspersky Lab guaranteed the fulfillment of obligations to Italian customers, and also declared compliance with local laws. The Italian Cybersecurity Agency recommended that government agencies replace their software Kaspersky” responded to the advice to state institutions in Italy to replace its services” />

The diversification called for by the Italian National Cyber ​​Security Agency (ACN) does not mean the removal of products, but involves an integrated approach to the choice of computer protection for public institutions. This is how Kaspersky Lab commented on the agency's circular recommending replacing Russian software.

The company noted that the ACN document does not call into question the security and quality of Kaspersky's services, it also states that there are no cases of ” malicious use of company products».

“Kaspersky Lab” drew attention to the fact that in the circular the main risk factor is “geopolitical tensions, which may limit the ability to quickly update IT products.” The company noted that its team and technical infrastructure are distributed around the world and this ensures high resilience. “Kaspersky” guarantees the fulfillment of all obligations to partners, including the delivery of updates and technical support around the world.

Group-IB told RBC that the ACN circular is focused on the Italian public sector and is purely advisory in nature. “Group-IB does not manufacture most of the products listed in the circular. It concerns only one of them, namely EDR. However, we regret this and consider it important to emphasize that Group-IB has always complied and will comply with the laws and regulations, as well as the orders and recommendations of each country in which it operates,— noted in the company.

Group-IB promised to continue working in the region and fulfill its obligations to customers in Italy, assuring that it receives support from Italian partners.

The circular of the National Cyber ​​Security Agency of Italy came into force on April 26. It states that public administrations “to prevent damage to the security of networks, information systems and IT services” should start diversifying products. The document states that “companies producing products and services in the field of IT security technologies associated with the Russian Federation will not be able to provide services and updates for their products.” because of the sanctions. It is recommended to look for new solutions to replace the products of the Russian companies Kaspersky Lab, Group-IB and Positive Technologies.

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Before that, Reuters, citing sources, said that the Italian authorities intend to limit the use of Russian antiviruses in the public sector due to fears of cyber attacks . The interlocutor of the agency indicated that the new rules will allow the authorities to replace any potentially dangerous software without imposing any sanctions.

In mid-March, find an alternative to Kaspersky Lab applications. recommended by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). The developer called this decision political.

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Germany sues Italy at UN over Nazi damage dispute

In its lawsuit, Germany claims that Rome will continue to allow victims of Nazi war crimes to submit compensation requests from Berlin, even though the International Court of Justice ruled in 2012 that it was illegal

Germany filed to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Italy due to disputes over compensation for damage caused by the Nazis during World War II, the court said.

“Germany <…> filed an international case against Italy because it (Italy) allegedly failed to respect its (Germany's) jurisdictional immunity as a sovereign state,— The report said.

Germany refers to a 2012 court decision proving that the country has legal immunity from claims in foreign courts from victims of Nazism. However, according to the ruling of the Italian constitutional court of 2014, the obligation to follow the judgment of 2012 depends on the principle of legal protection of fundamental rights in accordance with the constitutional law of the country.

Berlin noted that “the Italian national courts since 2012 have considered a significant number of new claims against Germany in violation of the sovereign immunity of Germany.” In 2014, at least 15 litigation decisions were made regarding claims against Germany due to the “behavior of the German Reich during World War II”, the German lawsuit says.

“In its request, Germany asks the court, in particular, to oblige Italy to guarantee that the German property mentioned in the application will not be put up for public auction until the court decides,” — says in the document. In addition, Berlin wants Rome to give a guarantee to put an end to litigation and fully compensate for the damage already done. axis”, which also included Germany and Japan.

Mussolini was arrested in July 1943, after which the new Italian government concluded a truce with the United States and Great Britain, and also declared war on Germany.

Berlin capitulated on May 9, 1945 at 0:43 Moscow time.


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For the first violation, citizens will receive a fine of 1,000 to 2,000 rubles. or arrest for up to 15 days, officials— a fine in the amount of 2 thousand to 4 thousand rubles, legal entity— from 10 thousand to 50 thousand rubles. In the event of a repeated offense, the amount of the fine will increase, and legal entities may face suspension of activities for up to 90 days.

Prohibition on equating the goals and ideas of the USSR and Germany in World War II “in a public speech, publicly shown work, Mass media or when posting information using the Internet» was introduced on July 1, 2021.

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Chubais is in Italy and does not plan to return to Russia to testify

The former general director of Rosnano, Russian politician Anatoly Chubais moved to Italy. It is reported that he does not plan to return to his homeland even to testify as a victim in the case of the theft of property from him for 70 million rubles.

Recall that the main person involved is his former business partner Ilya Suchkov.

Earlier, Chubais did not appear on Wednesday at the Khamovnichesky District Court of Moscow, where he was supposed to testify in the theft case.

Chubais is represented in court by three lawyers. However, the judge, due to the absence of the victim and one of the witnesses for the prosecution, adjourned the hearing until May 25.

Earlier, the lawyer of one of the defendants in the case, referring to the judge, told the agency that Chubais did not take the subpoenas from the court, but his phone unavailable.

A criminal case on the theft of property from a residential complex in the village of Peredelki, Odintsovo district, was initiated in 2017 at the request of Chubais.


Bloomberg learned about Italy’s possible refusal to pay for gas in rubles

According to the agency, Italy will refuse to pay for gas in rubles if the European Union considers this a violation of the sanctions imposed against Russia

Italy will refuse to comply with the new gas payment conditions demanded by Moscow if the European Union recognizes these actions violation of anti-Russian sanctions. This is reported by Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with the situation.

Earlier, during a preliminary assessment, the EU concluded that the conditions for paying for Russian gas in rubles are a violation of sanctions. The Italian government is awaiting the completion of due diligence and the final assessment of Brussels, the agency points out.

On March 31, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on payments in rubles for natural gas supplies to countries that authorities consider “unfriendly” (The list includes all EU countries). According to the document, companies from Western countries must open accounts in Russian banks. The new sales rules came into effect on April 1.

Many European companies have stated that they do not intend to pay for Russian gas in rubles. The Italian Eni, in particular, reported that the company “does not have rubles”, and in the current contract the currency of settlements is euro.

According to Gazprom, Italy in 2020 ranked second among European countries in terms of purchased gas, 20.8 billion cubic meters were supplied to the country. m (only Germany bought more & mdash; 45.89 billion cubic meters).

Earlier, Eni also said that it had suspended the purchase of oil from Russia. In addition, the company announced that it intends to sell its 50% stake in the Russian-Turkish Blue Stream gas pipeline project. The other half of it belongs to Gazprom.

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Since the beginning of the military operation in Ukraine, the European Union has introduced five packages of sanctions against Russia. The latter was approved in early April and includes, among other things, a ban on the purchase, import or transit of coal and other solid fossil fuels from Russia. Earlier, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced the work on the sixth package, in which Brussels considers issues related to the energy sector. The head of the European Council, Charles Michel, also spoke about the inevitability of these measures, according to whom, restrictions on oil and gas from Russia “sooner or later will be required.”


Monument to reconciliation with Italy desecrated in Voronezh region

The metal elements of the monument: a five-pointed star from a Soviet cap and an eagle feather from the hat of an Italian Alpine shooter, disappeared, and a Z symbol was drawn on a fallen pedestal. The police began checking

In the city of Rossosh, Voronezh region, unknown persons knocked down a monument from its place reconciliation with Italy, which was established in 2003 by veterans of the Italian units who fought during the Great Patriotic War on the side of Nazi Germany, Komsomolskaya Pravda in Voronezh reported. in the city administration.

The monument was erected in the square in front of the Smile kindergarten, which was also built by the former Italian military with their own money. On one side of the structure, a metal five-pointed star was attached, as on the headdress of Soviet soldiers, on the other— eagle feather from the hat of the Italian alpine shooters. On the pedestal was an inscription in Italian and Russian: “From the tragic past through the friendly present to the future of fraternal cooperation.”

April 15 in the local group in the social network “VKontakte” “Overheard. Rossosh» there were photos of the fallen pedestal. The footage shows that the Z symbol is painted on the brick base, and the five-pointed star and eagle feather are gone.

The administration of Rossosh reported that the police took up the incident. “The monument belongs to the register of municipal property, and now the police are checking it, during which they find out who broke it. Decisions regarding the future fate of the monument have not yet been made, — explained in it.

As Voronezh News noted, the monument caused controversy among local residents. “Some believe that the remains of Italian fascists lie at the base of the monument. Others don't like the fact that the feather hat of the Alpine Riflemen is so much taller than the red star. writes the publication.

The fact that human remains may lie at the base of the monument was stated by some local activists. In 2018, the monument was opened. As reported by “Moskovsky Komsomolets” and “AiF Chernozemye”, they really found a bag with the remains in it, they were sent for examination. The creators of the memorial explained that the remains of an unknown soldier found at the battlefield were laid in the foundation.

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Italy found a way to partially replace Russian gas

Prime Minister Draghi announced the signing of an agreement with Algeria

Italy and Algeria have agreed to increase gas supplies to the Apennine Peninsula. The agreement was reached during a meeting between Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Algerian President Abdelmajid Tebboun.

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“Our governments have signed agreements of intent regarding bilateral cooperation in the energy sector. At the same time, there is an agreement between Eni and Sonatrach (the energy companies of Italy and Algeria. – “MK”) to increase exports to Italy,” Draghi quotes

The Italian Prime Minister added that it was a “significant response” to dependence on Russian gas. At the same time, the agreement with Algeria will not completely solve the problem of gas imports to Italy.

Russia supplies Italy with 38 percent of the volume of gas it needs, Algeria provides 28 percent.

The agreement between Italy and Algeria proposes an increase in the supply of 9 billion cubic meters of gas to the Apennine Peninsula, which will go through the Trans-Mediterranean gas pipeline.

In turn, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said that the agreement with Algeria will allow his country “to respond to possible Russian blackmail gas.


Swimming pool at Solovyov’s villa in Italy covered with red paint

The second Italian villa of Vladimir Solovyov on Lake Como, in Pianello del Lario, has already been attacked. On April 6, unknown people poured red paint over the pool and the walls of the house. On the same day, Solovyov's villa in Menaggio was set on fire

Unknown people poured red paint over the pool and walls at the Italian villa of journalist Vladimir Solovyov on Lake Como in the city of Pianello del Lario (Lombardy) following the arson of the house in Menaggio, the TV channel reported on the evening of April 6 Rai News.

The TV channel showed footage from a drone, which shows that red paint was poured into the pool overlooking the lake, and the walls of the house were also splashed with red. Above the front door, the attackers wrote “murderer.” According to La Repubblica, the inscriptions “murderer” and anti-war slogans appeared on the gates of the villa. Law enforcement agencies in Italy are also investigating this case, notes Rai.

The prosecutor's office of the province of Como has opened a case so far only about the arson of Solovyov's villa in Menaggio, which occurred at dawn on April 6, and is awaiting information from the carabinieri examining the house in Pianello del Lario, reports Rai. If these cases are equated with acts of terrorism, then the examination will take place in Milan— capital of Lombardy. According to the channel, Solovyov owns another villa on Lake Como in the town of Griante, not far from Menaggio.

RBC turned to Vladimir Solovyov for comment.


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On April 6, the Italian media reported on the arson of Solovyov's villa in Menaggio, which was under reconstruction, which occurred at dawn. The police contacted Solovyov to find out if he received any threats or any warnings. According to the ANSA agency, tires were used to set the fire, the fire was quickly extinguished.

Corriere Della Sera wrote that the police believe that the attackers plan to attack other Solovyov villas in Como, since in the house in Pianello del Lario at that time found traces of penetration. The publication indicated that the journalist has three houses in Como worth €8 million.

In March, La Repubblica reported that the Italian authorities seized the property of Solovyov, who fell under EU sanctions. It was about two villas of a journalist on Lake Como. In 2019, Solovyov confirmed that he has a house in Italy, which he bought at his own expense. Later, the journalist clarified that he had “not one” in the country; house.

As reported by Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio on April 1, the country arrested the property of Russians who fell under the sanctions for €900 million.

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Zakharova reproached Italy, which supported the sanctions, with ingratitude

Ministry representative believes that Rome is behaving “indecently”

The position of the Italian authorities regarding anti-Russian sanctions is “indecent”, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. She reminded Rome of the help that Moscow provided to him during the pandemic.

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Zakharova said on the Soloviev. Live channel that at the height of the pandemic, Italy was ostracized by European countries — and during this period, according to her, Russia and China were the first to come to the rescue.

“She (Italy) I probably forgot who, at this most difficult moment in life, extended a helping hand to them. And now Italy, with all its leadership, is at the forefront of the attack on our country,” Zakharova said.

The representative of the Foreign Ministry added that the citizens of Italy themselves do not share this position and understand the genesis of this crisis.

“But the leadership of Italy has taken a position … This is simply an indecent position,” Zakharova summed up.

Earlier, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio announced the expulsion of 30 Russian diplomats from the country for reasons of “national security '.


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Italy will expel 30 Russian diplomats “for reasons of national security”. This was announced by the Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, whose words are quoted by Corriere della Sera.

“On my instructions, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ettore Sekui, met this morning with the Russian Ambassador to Italy, Sergei Razov, to inform him of the decision of the Italian government to expel 30 Russian diplomats, declaring them persona non grata. This measure, taken in consultation with our partners, was necessary for reasons related to our national security, — said the minister, who is visiting Germany.

After the announcement of the head of the Italian Foreign Ministry, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, promised that Moscow would respond to this. “On the expulsion of [diplomats] from Italy, Russia will give an appropriate answer,” — quotes the words of Zakharova TASS.

On Tuesday, April 5, Denmark announced its intention to expel 15 Russian diplomats. Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod called the expulsion a “historic step” and stated that the country's authorities had decided to expel the diplomats to “protect security in Denmark.” Zakharova also promised to take appropriate action against the Danish diplomats in Moscow.

The day before, on April 4, France and Germany announced the expulsion of employees of the Russian embassies. The French Foreign Ministry has not yet announced exactly how many diplomats will be expelled, but the BFMTV channel believes that this measure will affect 30 Russians. Le Parisien, citing sources, wrote that 35 diplomats would be expelled. The newspaper Le Figaro also called the last figure, citing a source.

In Paris, it was clarified that the decision was made within the framework of a single European approach. Maria Zakharova promised to give a “worthy answer” to this.

On Tuesday, BFMTV reported that the French Foreign Ministry had summoned Russian Ambassador Alexei Meshkov to notify of the expulsion of diplomats.

The German Foreign Ministry said 40 diplomats would be expelled from the country. According to German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock, we are talking about diplomats “who worked every day here in Germany against our freedom, against the cohesion of our society.” Burbock clarified that Berlin made this decision after the appearance of photos from the city of Buchav, Kiev region.

Russian Ambassador to Germany Sergei Nechaev declared “categorical rejection of Berlin's one-sided accusations” made without an independent investigation into the events in Bucha.

April 2 Ukrainian authorities and Western media , including Reuters and AFP, published photographs from Bucha showing corpses lying on the streets. The Russian Defense Ministry called the footage a provocation and stated that the Russian military was not involved in the killings of civilians. The ministry stressed that while the city was under the control of the Russian military, “not a single local resident was harmed.”

In March, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Slovakia decided to expel Russian diplomats. Poland expelled the largest number of Russian diplomats— 45 members of the mission left the country. Moscow responded by announcing mirror measures against European diplomats.


Zakharova commented on the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Italy

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The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Zakharova, made a statement that the country would give an “appropriate answer” on the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Italy.

Earlier, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said that the Russian ambassador was summoned to the office, where he was informed about the expulsion of 30 Russian diplomats.

Before that, similar decisions were taken by the French and German Foreign Ministries. It is alleged that Paris will send 35 embassy staff. Berlin decided to declare about 40 diplomats persona non grata.



Italy offered to become a security guarantor for Ukraine

Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio announced the country's readiness to become a guarantor of Ukraine's neutrality Italy, following Germany and Britain, declared that it could become a guarantor of Ukraine's neutral status: “the government is ready to contribute to the peace process”

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Italy is ready to become one of the countries — security guarantors for Ukraine, Italian Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said during his visit to Baku. This is reported by La Repubblica.

According to Di Maio, “Italy is working non-stop to end this conflict through sanctions,” but at the same time does not give up diplomatic measures.


The head of the Italian Foreign Ministry called the continuation of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine and the establishment of a humanitarian truce a priority. “We note the progress made in Turkey since the meeting between the two delegations. The Italian government is ready to contribute to the peace process and act as a guarantor of Ukraine's neutrality,— he said.

Negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv at the level of delegations were held on March 29 in Istanbul. At the meeting, the Ukrainian side handed over to the Russian side written proposals for a political settlement, which, among other things, provide for the neutral status of Ukraine. Russia, for its part, promised a gradual de-escalation in the Kiev and Chernigov directions.

Ukraine requires clear security guarantees at the conclusion of a peace treaty, similar to the fifth article of the NATO Charter, said the head of the Ukrainian delegation at the talks with Russia, David Arakhamia. Subject to guarantees, the Ukrainian side will fix a non-bloc and non-nuclear status. Kyiv wants to see among its security guarantors the permanent members of the UN Security Council (Russia, USA, Great Britain, France and China). President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky also named Germany, Turkey, Israel and Ireland among these countries.

The head of the Russian delegation, presidential aide Volodymyr Medinsky said that the proposals of the Ukrainian side include refusing to produce and deploy weapons of mass destruction by Kyiv. In addition, Ukraine's proposals provide for fixing that Kyiv will not try to resolve the issue of Crimea and Donbass by force, the parties should submit all contentious issues for negotiations. Medinsky called Ukraine's proposals “a clearly formulated position on inclusion in the treaty.”

Germany and Great Britain have expressed their readiness to become guarantors, the United States has not yet made such a promise, France is considering the proposal. In China, they said that they did not receive requests from Ukraine.

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Italy, the Netherlands and Latvia have reported freezing the assets of Russians

Italy, the Netherlands and Latvia reported freezing the assets of Russians for almost €1.5 billion European countries continue to freeze the assets of Russian businessmen and seize their property after the imposition of sanctions. In Italy, the amount of seized property reached €900 million , the Netherlands and Latvia reported freezing the assets of Russians” />

Italy seized property from the Russians who fell under the sanctions in the amount of €900 million, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said in an interview with Bild.

“Until now, we can talk about a total amount of & nbsp; 900 million. We acted quickly and consistently and will continue to do so in the future,— Di Maio said, noting that Rome is strictly adhering to its sanctions commitments. On March 22, the Italian authorities announced a freezing of assets worth €800 million.

The volume of frozen assets of Russians in the Netherlands rose to €516 million, according to a letter from the Dutch ministers. Freeze reports have been received from banks, insurance companies, fund managers and other financial institutions. On March 22, the Dutch authorities announced an asset freeze for €400 million

€55 million belonging to the Russians on the sanctions list has been frozen in Latvian banks, LETA reports, citing data from the Financial and Capital Markets Commission. As of March 18, this amount was €17.5 million. As the commission explained, we are talking about the funds of three individuals directly affected by the sanctions, and 32 legal entities controlled by the Russians who fell under the restrictions.

Since the end of February, the EU has included in the sanctions list, which implies the freezing of assets in Europe, about 20 major Russian businessmen. By March 27, the list suggesting an asset freeze in Europe included 877 individuals and 62 organizations that Brussels considers involved in “undermining the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.”

European countries began to regularly report asset freezes Russians and the arrest of their property, including yachts. The Italian newspaper La Reppublica wrote that the Italian authorities confiscated two yachts belonging to the head of Severstal; Alexei Mordashov and businessman Gennady Timchenko. The UK announced the detention of the superyacht Phi, which, according to the Financial Times, belongs to the founder of the telecom operator in the Urals Federal District “Motive” Vitaly Kochetkov. Forbes wrote that the yacht of Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov, the founder of USM Holdings, was confiscated in Hamburg.

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that Russian entrepreneurs whose property was confiscated due to sanctions, robbed “like in the Wild West”.

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Prime Minister of Italy called the amount of Russian assets frozen in the country

In Italy, assets of Russians worth more than €800 million have already been frozen, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said. According to him, Rome is also ready to help Ukraine by hosting refugees

Italy froze the assets of “Russian oligarchs” by more than €800 million ($880 million). This amount was named by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, speaking in the lower house of parliament, reports La Stampa. Prior to this, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the Chamber of Deputies via video link.

«In Italy, we froze the assets of Russian oligarchs for €800 million,— Draghi said. According to him, Italy also offers financial and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.

Draghi said the country had already hosted 60,000 refugees from Ukraine. According to him, the Italians are ready not only to provide them with a place to live, but also a job that will help them better integrate into society.

Because of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, European countries, including Italy, have introduced against Russia several packages of sanctions. In early March, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio announced that the country was ready to begin the procedure for confiscation of the “property of Russian oligarchs”.

Italian authorities seized Sailing Yacht A worth €530 million on March 12. La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera reported that according to Italian authorities, it belongs to Russian businessman Andrey Melnichenko. A few days later, real estate was seized in Sardinia, the owner of which the Italian government considers the main owner and chairman of the board of directors of Severstal; Alexey Mordashov. The value of the arrested buildings is estimated at €105 million ($116.2 million). Italian authorities have arrested the yacht Lady M, which, according to media reports, also belongs to Mordashov.

In addition, La Repubblica, Corriere della Sera, as well as Reuters reported the freezing of Russian assets in Italy.

For example, it was reported that the Italian Financial Guard arrested a yacht owned, according to local authorities, by businessman Gennady Timchenko, a villa, financial assets and a hotel in Rome by Arkady Rotenberg, real estate on the island of Como, which the country's authorities consider to be associated with TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov and real estate in Sardinia, which authorities believe is linked to Alisher Usmanov. Under arrest is also the property that the Financial Guard associated with the former chairman of the board of directors of Alfa-Bank Peter Aven in Sardinia, and Tuscany, which was associated with the former State Duma deputy Oleg Savchenko. All of them were included in the European sanctions lists.

In addition to Italy, other countries block the real estate and assets of Russians under sanctions abroad. So, for example, according to the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands, Sigrid Kag, the authorities of the country have frozen the assets of wealthy Russians in the amount of €391.9 million. According to her, the process of searching for Russian assets in the country is not fast, as banks and government departments are searching for the assets of Russian citizens . So, according to her, now the Dutch customs is finding out if there are superyachts owned by rich Russians in Dutch ports or shipyards.

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The ministers of Italy and France are shocked by the impact of anti-Russian sanctions on the economy of their countries

Russia's response to Western sanctions exceeded the worst fears of officials in the two countries.

The former head of the Ministry of Trade and Crafts of Italy, Paolo Savona, shared on social networks the fears that the trip around the country caused him.

On his Twitter account, he said that the consequences of the imposition of anti-Russian sanctions caused him contradictory feelings.

After visiting a gas station, he admitted that if he previously believed that restrictive measures were directed against Russia, now he believes that they are addressed inside the country.

Meanwhile, the head of the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament, Robert Fico, on the contrary, calls for tougher measures against Russia, saying that it is necessary to abandon oil purchases in the future.

According to him, sanctions should be extremely tough.

“Required… think about blocking oil imports”, – he said.

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire also expressed dissatisfaction with the state of the country.

On the air of the BFMTV channel, he said that due to pressure on Russia due to military special operation in Ukraine is capable of completely cutting off gas supplies from Moscow to Paris, and this will lead to an increase in fuel prices and, ultimately, food.

He said that he feels “uncertainty&#8221 ; due to the likely counter-sanctions of Russia and the behavior of the PRC against this background, which are now unknown to Western leaders.

Le Maire believes that it will be a mistake to answer as if the West knows exactly what he is talking about.

Recall that earlier Le Maire has already stated that France intends to continue the “total economic” the EU war against the Russian Federation and is planning new sanctions against Moscow, which will be discussed at a meeting of the heads of the European Union on March 10-11 in Versailles.

As Topnews wrote earlier, Russia topped the list against the anti-Russian sanctions imposed against it.



Italy will remove entry restrictions for Russians from March 1

A day earlier, the head of the Ministry of Health of the republic canceled the mandatory quarantine for foreign citizens arriving in the country. At the same time, entry will be possible only when filling out a special questionnaire and a certificate of vaccination or recovery

Italy will allow from March 1 to 31 when entering the country not to undergo mandatory quarantine for foreign tourists, including from Russia, if they have a PCR test, rapid test or certificate of the transferred coronavirus. It is reported by “Interfax” with reference to the Italian Consulate in Russia.

The diplomatic mission clarified that from March 1 to March 31, 2022, it is possible to enter the country with a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) and one of the documents: a certificate of vaccination against coronavirus with a drug recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which must be issued upon completion of the first full course of vaccination or after undergoing revaccination. If there is no certificate of vaccination, then it is allowed to provide a certificate of recovery indicating the end date of the corresponding period of self-isolation, from the moment of which no more than 180 days have passed. You can also provide a certificate of an antigen rapid test (valid for 48 hours) or a molecular PCR test (valid for 72 hours) with a negative result.

The consulate also asked tourists to check up-to-date information on the travel procedure in advance published at At the same time, they did not specify whether the issuance of tourist visas will be resumed from March 1.

RBC sent a request to the Russian Embassy in Italy, as well as to the press service of the Italian Embassy in Moscow.

On February 22, Italian Minister of Health Roberto Speranza signed a decree according to which, from March 1, quarantine for all foreign citizens is canceled when entering the country. At the end of February, Speranza also stated that foreigners who have made vaccines not yet recognized by WHO will be able to fully stay in the country after a coronavirus test.

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Bloomberg learned about Italy’s request to the EU to exclude the energy sector from sanctions

Bloomberg: Italy asked the EU to remove energy from the sanctions package against Russia Rome fears that sanctions against Russian energy will have the opposite effect. Also, countries, including France and Germany, fear a negative effect on the banking and raw materials sectors of the economy

Several European countries have expressed fears at once that the sanctions that could be imposed against Russia in the event of its invasion of Ukraine, their economies will be affected, writes Bloomberg. In particular, Italy asked the EU to exclude the energy sector from the sanctions package.

According to the agency, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi held talks with partners in the European Union on how to reduce the impact of sanctions on key sectors of the Italian economy, including, possibly, removing energy from restrictions. In January, Rome sent an unofficial message to the European Commission outlining its concerns about the possible backlash of the sanctions.

In addition to the energy sector, Italy also fears for its luxury goods market, writes Bloomberg. The authorities have asked the EU to develop a compensation mechanism to help soften the blow.

In addition, Italy, as well as Germany, are trying to protect their banking sectors, the agency said. Instead of sectoral sanctions, Rome proposes to impose restrictions on individuals. Germany, France, the Netherlands and Poland are among the EU countries that are concerned about the consequences of the sanctions on sectors such as energy, raw materials and financial institutions, adds Bloomberg.

The day before, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that the global consequences of Western sanctions against Russia in the event of an escalation in Ukraine are inevitable. “Of course, we want Russia to bear the biggest costs,” — she said.— But we recognize that sanctions will have global implications.

She specifically noted the likely impact of sanctions on energy markets and stressed that Washington and the EU are working to ensure Europe has oil and gas supplies.


At the end of January, the Financial Times reported that the EU and the UK, with US support, are developing sanctions against new Russian gas projects. The newspaper noted that this is the first time that Europe, where 40% of gas is supplied from Russia, admitted the possibility of hitting this sector.

At the same time, the publication wrote that Western companies that invest in to Russian gas projects— for example, BP, Total and Shell.

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Tourists vaccinated with vaccines not recognized in the EU will be able to visit Italy


On January 2, the Italian government adopted a decree in which citizens vaccinated with coronavirus vaccines not yet recognized in the European Union , are allowed to visit the country.

As stated by Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza, such foreigners will be able to stay in the country, use services that require a covid certificate when providing a coronavirus test result.

“This decree will solve many problems and provide important opportunities in the tourism sector,” the minister said.


Ex-CEO of Antipinsky Oil Refinery Lisovichenko detained in Italy

The former general director of the Antipinsky oil refinery, Gennady Lisovichenko, was detained in Italy, the Russian side has been notified of this, TASS writes, citing a law enforcement source.

It is specified that the Russian was detained in January. He was internationally wanted on charges of abuse of power. A request for his extradition is being prepared.

In June 2020, the Tverskoy Court of Moscow, at the request of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, arrested Lisovichenko in absentia in a fraud case. According to him, the president of the New Stream group was arrested in absentia. Yuri Navrazhny.

In August 2019, the press service of the Tyumen Investigative Department of the TFR reported that Lisovichenko was put on the international wanted list on charges of abuse of power.

Antipinsky Oil Refinery – Russia's largest independent oil refinery. He is in Tyumen.

Earlier in January, Nikolai Kaymakchi, accused of major fraud, who participated in the preparation of forged documents on the financial and economic activities of commercial firms, was extradited from Montenegro to the Russian Federation.

It was also reported that the United States withdrew an extradition request from Germany for Russian musician Denis Kaznacheev. He was accused of money laundering.


Sergio Mattarella re-elected President of Italy for a second term

Incumbent Italian President Sergio Mattarella is re-elected for a second term In the eighth round, he won the 505 electoral votes necessary for victory. Initially, 80-year-old Mattarella did not want to run for president, but after several unsuccessful rounds of elections, he agreed

Italian President Sergio Mattarella

The current President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, was re-elected as head of state for a second term, Reuters reports citing preliminary voting results. The counting of votes is broadcast on the website of the lower house of parliament.

The counting continues, but Mattarella has already won the 505 votes required for re-election. He won in the eighth round of elections. To win in the fourth and subsequent rounds, a candidate only needs to receive 50% plus one vote.

More than 1,000 electors— deputies of both chambers of parliament and representatives of the regions.

The previous seven rounds ended without results. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi asked the president to agree to re-election for the “good and stability of the state.”

Mattarella, 80, had previously said that he had “other plans for the future,” but given the prevailing situation, agreed to be re-elected for a second term, Senate member Julia Unterberger said.


Former Prime Minister and leader of the Forward Italy! Silvio Berlusconi has previously withdrawn from the elections his candidacy proposed by his supporters in the centre-right coalition. He emphasized that the unity of political forces necessary for the country can only be achieved “around Mattarella”.

Mattarella's current term as head of state expires on February 3. The president of Italy is elected for a seven-year term.

Before becoming president in 2015, Mattarella held other government posts: he was minister for parliamentary relations, minister of public education, minister of defense and judge of the constitutional court.


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ANSA learned about the withdrawal of Berlusconi’s candidacy from the presidential elections in Italy

ANSA: Berlusconi withdrew his candidacy from the Italian presidential elections Italy's presidential elections will be held on January 24th. A new head of state is to be elected by February 3, when the term of office of the incumbent President Sergio Mattarella expires. Berlusconi nominated by centre-right

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who previously ran for president, has decided to withdraw his candidacy, writes ANSA.

According to the agency, Berlusconi believes that Italy now needs “unity” to withdraw her out of the crisis caused, among other things, by the difficult situation in the health sector. Mario Draghi should remain Prime Minister of the country, in his opinion.

“I will continue to serve my country in other ways, as I have done in recent years: as a political leader and as a member of the European Parliament,” — ANSA quotes Berlusconi's statement. His words were quoted by Senator Licia Ronzulli at a meeting of leaders of the center-right parties.

The leader of the right-wing League of the North party; Matteo Salvini, commenting on Berlusconi's decision to refuse, said that he “provides a huge service to Italy and the centre-right.”

Berlusconi was nominated by the center-right, noting his “authority and experience that the country deserves.”

Italy's presidential election will begin on January 24. The head of state in this country is elected for a seven-year term by secret ballot. It involves an electoral college, consisting of deputies from both houses of parliament and representatives of the regions. 50% plus one vote.

Incumbent Prime Minister Mario Draghi has been named by the media as another contender for the post of head of state, his nomination has not been officially announced.

The term of office of incumbent President Sergio Mattarella expires February 3.

Berlusconi is 85 years old. He led the Italian government in 1994–1995, 2001–2006 and 2008–2011, and since 2019 he has been a member of the European Parliament. A number of scandals are associated with the name of the ex-premier: the politician was suspected of tax crimes, sexual relations with a minor, ties with the mafia.

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WSJ assessed Berlusconi’s chances to become President of Italy

WSJ assessed the chances of Silvio Berlusconi to become the new president of Italy According to the adviser, Berlusconi will decide by mid-January whether he will run for the presidency. Analysts doubted the likelihood of his election success

Victory of the former Prime Minister of Italy, leader of the Forward Italy! party; Silvio Berlusconi in the first three rounds of the presidential election is extremely unlikely, the American newspaper The Wall Street Journal estimated. For this, the politician will need the support of the center-left opposition to him, the publication points out.

The term of office of the incumbent head of state, Sergio Mattarella, expires in February. The Italian President is elected by secret ballot for a seven-year term by an electoral college consisting of members of both houses of parliament and representatives of the regions. In the first three rounds of voting, two-thirds of the votes are required to be elected. Analysts believe that the only one who has a chance to get such a majority is & mdash; current prime minister Mario Draghi. To win in the fourth and subsequent rounds, 50% plus one vote is enough. Berlusconi will have such an opportunity, writes The Wall Street Journal, but Draghi's chances will also increase. The first round of voting is expected at the end of January.

According to the newspaper, the leaders of the Brothers of Italy parties are ready to support Berlusconi. and 'League of the North' George Meloni and Matteo Salvini, but some of their representatives may vote for other candidates due to inter-party differences.

Berlusconi did not officially announce his intention to run for president, but the media began to make such assumptions on the eve of the elections. So, in early December, the British edition of The Guardian, citing representatives of his party, wrote that the ex-prime minister was “ definitely inspired '' on this account. At the same time, Berlusconi's advisor told The Wall Street Journal that he would finally decide whether to run for office in mid-January.

Draghi said in December that the government would cope without him as prime minister. This statement was interpreted as an allusion to the politician's presidential ambitions, the newspaper notes.

Doubts that Berlusconi will be able to win the presidential election, expressed some experts. “I don’t believe that Berlusconi will succeed, but it’s hard to guess with him, because he refutes all predictions,” “& mdash; said Daniel Albertazzi, professor at the University of Surrey in the UK. In his opinion, regardless of the outcome of the elections, the politician will continue his career. 'The end will come when Berlusconi is underground', & mdash; believes Albertazzi.

Paolo Natale, a professor at the University of Milan, believes that his own media could become an obstacle to the presidency for Berlusconi. “ All these media assets for his family brought all kinds of difficulties when he was prime minister, but for the president such investments will be beyond acceptability, '' & mdash; he said.

Berlusconi is 85 years old. He served as Chairman of the Italian Council of Ministers from 1994 to 1995, 2001 to 2006 and 2008 to 2011. In 2019, he became a member of the European Parliament.

As The Wall Street Journal notes, the ex-prime minister has appeared before the court more than 70 times, and is still being charged in several cases. In particular, the politician was suspected of tax crimes, corruption, connections with the mafia and even sexual relations with a minor.

Recently, Berlusconi has been experiencing health problems, over the past year he was hospitalized several times.

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