It seems that accidents do not come alone! After a series of scandals that have plagued Boris Johnson, the ousted British prime minister, for years, when he became foreign minister and before, tongues have been circulating about the extent of Johnson’s involvement in the “trap” of Russian intelligence. This is what gave his relations with Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, much excitement, at a time when many “reactions” on the part of official Moscow remain ambiguous.
The story dates back many years, and forcibly forced us to remember what the patriarch of American politics, Henry Kissinger, said in his first meeting with Vladimir Putin in the early 1990s, about “a intelligence officer does not retire. ”This is a fact that must be remembered in connection with Boris Johnson’s admission that he met Alexander Lebedev, a retired colonel in the KGB state security apparatus, with his son Jevgeny and enjoyed his hospitality in his lavish palace in Italy, not only that, and this was confirmed by the British newspaper, “The Observer”, which in a previous report said Johnson, the British Prime Minister, during his years as Minister of foreign affairs meet Russian billionaire businessman Alexander Lebedev, whose family owns a large share of the shares.The British newspapers “The Independent” and “The Evening Standard” met in Italy in April 2018, following a ber aad of foreign ministers of NATO countries in Brussels, held after the “poisoning” of fugitive Russian intelligence official Sergei Skripal.
All this is news that kills the people involved, especially if he allows himself to enter the jungle of “big politics” through several important posts, including “Foreign Secretary”, then “Prime Minister of the United Kingdom” and before them the mayor of the British capital, London.
Johnson acknowledged for the first time during his interrogation on Wednesday, the sixth of this stream, by a number of British MPs, of his meeting with Alexander Lebedev, a former Soviet “KGB” officer, and the billionaire and current businessman at his son Yevgeny’s palace in Italy, where Johnson died. This is the first time Johnson has admitted that he met a “Russian intelligence officer” in April 2018 without the presence of any British official with him, after previously refusing to confirm or deny it, in response to the comments of many British media on this matter. Rather, Johnson returned to answer, after long hesitation and hesitation, the question of Meg Heller, a Labor MP, about whether Johnson told State Department officials of the House by saying, “I think I have.”
We also recall in this connection that the British newspaper “The Guardian” published by the “Observer” preceded by a similar report, in which it said that Johnson “spent two days with Yevgeny Lebedev”, the boy of a Russian intelligence officer. , Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, and he is “accompanied by his fiancée or girlfriend.” She asked him to answer a number of questions about the purpose of his trip to Italy, and whether he had any officials or any of his security team with him, which he at the time refused to answer. And the case could have passed without complications, if the other parties were not only of foreign origin and of Russian origin, but some of them were and can still belong to the Russian Security and Intelligence Service “KGB”, from the perspective of what Kissinger said, and confirmed by the requirements of the profession and work on The “intelligence officer does not retire”!
And if we consider part of the biography of Alexander Lebedev as a “retired colonel” in the KGB, he worked under the roof of the Soviet Embassy in London because of his previous academic specialization at the “Institute of International Relations “of the Soviet and then Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and as a former deputy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ruling party “Russian Unity” in the State Duma has, in addition to its activity as a businessman, the club of billionaires and the new rich of Russia, so we are faced with a “very complicated” picture, from which Johnson had to distance himself , according to the requirements of political action. Also Lebedev’s activities in Russia, including his founding and publication of the “Moscow Correspondent” newspaper, which was closed after his involvement in publishing fake news about “President Putin’s marriage to a former Olympic gymnast,” as well as a attempt to determine. an opposition party with the president.The former Soviet Mikhail Gorbachev, it was enough to confirm that “the matter” goes far beyond personal relationships, as it was and still means “behind the bow is over it!”
Away from “the vocabulary and warnings of intelligence activity,” we stop at what Johnson said in Moscow, and he was then foreign minister, that he is of Russian descent, as well as what he did and does from the perspective of further demonstration his strong hostility towards Russia and its political leaders, as well as his eagerness to show of “Love” and support and support for Kiev, which he has visited more than once and in a flashy manner with the Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has “toured” among his neighborhoods, since the beginning of the “Russian special military operation” in Ukraine, which raises many doubts that we throw on the shores of the spectrum of Arab sayings. The old saying “The suspect would almost say ‘Take me’.”
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And this is at a time when official Moscow stands “as if it has water in its mouth” and does not say a word about what is being spread in the private and public atmosphere of “accusations” and “rumors” about the extent to which Johnson could fall into the “forbidden” trap in international relations. In its July 11 issue, the Russian weekly Versia quoted the British newspaper The Guardian as saying that Johnson, the current prime minister, had met businessman Alexander Lebedev, whom he referred to as a “former Soviet agent. intelligence “. And the Russian newspaper returned to say that “The Guardian Alexander Lebedev, whose family” owns “the British newspapers, cites The Independent and the” Evening Standard “as a” former KGB agent. “She added that Lebedev does not at the same time deny the fact that he served in this special security service until 1992, but now he has nothing to do with it, according to his statements to Forbes magazine.
Lebedev does not hide his work as a spy, but boasted about it in his memoir “Banker Hunting”, in which he sets out his service as a spy, from which he retired in 1992 with the rank of colonel. Canada last month imposed an embargo on Lebedev over the war in Ukraine, accusing him of aiding the Russian government in the war effort. He was consequently forced to resign from The Independent’s board of directors, even though he was not subject to sanctions from any other country, including Britain.
But what was the reaction on the part of Moscow, whether official or popular?
Official Moscow is wary of commenting at all, given the growing day-to-day uproar and controversy that appears to be sufficient to achieve what he wants in the image of Johnson, led by Russian leader Vladimir Putin. offended, to violate without getting involved in the revelation or not disclosing who they say they fell into his net. This is what motivates us to go back to the searches of serious and non-serious newspapers, looking for what may unmask some aspects of this “story”.
Among these newspapers, which have always been known for their serious and credible reports, we stop at the “Nezavismaya Gazeta” and what they published under the headline “Johnson is not afraid of being accused of having an affair with the KGB do not have.” In one of its previous issues, the newspaper revealed what happened at a “birthday” party hosted by Russian “businessman” Alexander Lebedev and his son Yevgeny, attended by Boris Johnson, his girlfriend, former British Prime Minister David Cameron and other senior, former and current officials. The newspaper commentator, Vladimir Skosirev, was eager to express his astonishment at such a level of attendance, saying: “Does not this mean that Moscow’s hand has reached Downing Street (the seat of the British government)? . Which he followed by noting that “experts believe that such speculations are untenable.” And the Russian newspaper was not satisfied with that, as it returned to quote what the British “Guardian” wrote about the view of “the appearance of Johnson, who calls himself Prime Minister of the People, as a” strange “There are also statements about Moscow’s interference in British politics,” she added. She also confirmed that Johnson had recently refused to publish the “Russian report” on the Intelligence and Security Committee in the previous parliament. She concluded by saying that “it is believed that the Russian elite has created a ‘lobby’ in Britain with the help of money and personal relationships.” It also has the support of The Evening Standard newspaper and its support for Johnson revealed during his election campaign, at the initiative of Alexander Lebedev, who bought most of his shares and was associated with Johnson through personal friendships, which was a way of bonding with more “intimate” relationships and relationships.
In this regard, the newspaper quoted by Andrei Ostalsky, a former Russian journalist who worked for the official Soviet newspaper Izvestia before leaving for London in the early 1990s, and now works closely with the BBC and other media organizations work. “During the election campaign, the anti-Johnson press wrote a lot about why he did not dare publish the report of the intelligence committee,” Ostalsky said. There were reviews of special services and well-known experts in Russia. It was also noted that nine former Russian or Russian citizens, who were wealthy, donated money to the Conservative Party. The “Independent newspaper” quoted what it called “neutral observers” they said about Johnson having something to hide. They remembered his close contact with Yevgeny Lebedev, who studied in the UK and became a front for a company funded by his father (a retired KGB colonel, billionaire and current businessman), who, as above called, had a number of British possessions. newspapers, including The Independent, and became a British citizen. As for his son, Yevgeny Lebedev, previously, he joined the “friends list” after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced him to the House of Lords membership among 36 people. In addition to Joe Johnson, his younger brother, and former Treasury Secretary Philip Hammond (who both opposed Boris Johnson against Brexit and argued that the UK should remain in the European Union), as well as former captain of the British cricket team Ian Bothham , according to Reuters, which explained. That 40-year-old Yevgeny Lebedev spent “most of his life in the UK”, among the elite community in London, while at the same time practicing charity and sponsoring artists. he is known for arranging “noisy parties for the rich and famous in his restored castle in Perugia.
In short, the news is a lot, and most of it brings more questions than answers and explanations, most of which say that “there is no smoke without fire,” and that behind the hill is over! Occupational Restrictions “by going beyond what we have provided from the testimony and testimonies.