Is there a Kremlin mole in the EU?
The daughter of a Kremlin insider is roaming the halls of the European Parliament as intern to a far-right French lawmaker, said Andrew Rettman. Elizaveta Peskova, 21, is the daughter of Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin. She is working as a paid intern to Aymeric Chauprade, a cheerleader for Russia who endorsed Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Peskova presents herself as a Western socialite like any other, one of the many children of Russian oligarchs mostly brought up in Paris. But is she? Her Instagram feed features images of her “dancing with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov,” a warlord accused of atrocious human rights abuses, as well as shots of her hobnobbing with Russians in occupied Crimea and with Yellow Vest protesters who are calling for the overthrow of the French government. Baltic state lawmakers say Peskova’s appointment is inappropriate, noting that she has access to “all premises, all meetings, and databases” of the European Parliament while her father is “waging a propaganda war against the European Union.” Most European politicians, though, seem unfazed by Peskova’s presence among them. “Maybe Parliament has to lay down the rules of play more clearly,” said German lawmaker Knut Fleckenstein, but “I see no reason to panic.”