The son of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who uses the surname Sovles, said in an interview with the high-circulation newspaper “Komsomolskaya Pravda” that he had fought in Ukraine as part of the group’s mercenary formation. Independent media pose the question: why not in the ranks of the regular Russian army? Pro-Kremlin political scientist Sergei Markov, who wanted to corroborate Nikolai’s words, posted a photo of his alleged military pledge. However, the photo shows the son of former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
– When I decided to participate in the “special military operation in Ukraine” (armed invasion invented by pro-Kremlin propaganda – Ed.), I did not know how to get there. When it all started, there wasn’t as much information as there is now. So I had to go to my father. I asked how to contact the Wagner group. He helped me with this,” said Nikolai in an interview with the “Komsomolskaya Pravda” newspaper.
Independent Russian portal Medusa notes that Peskov’s son did not specify why he decided to conclude the contract with the Wagner Group and not the Russian Defense Ministry.
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The 33-year-old son of President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, who lives in England for some time and goes by the surname Sauls, when asked about his “motivation”, said: “He went to fight because he felt it was his duty”. According to him, relatives supported his decision. “They asked if I was sure I understood where I was going? I said yes,” Nikolai said.
Peskov’s son also referred to a phone conversation last September with Dmitry Nisovtsev, a well-known opposition ally of Alexei Navalny. Posing as an employee of Nizhovtsev Command, he invited Nikolai to be part of the mobilization ordered by President Putin. “He’ll deal with it on a different level,” Pesco’s son replied.
In an interview with “Komsomolska Pravda”, he explained that he was already preparing for service when an associate of Peskov’s son Navalny called him. According to him, “he was very nervous at the time”, which is why he responded “in this way”.
Soules also argued that he joined the Wagner Group under a different name. He didn’t reveal it in case he “needs it again.”
Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of the Wagner Group, told reporters that Peskov’s son fought at the front “as an artilleryman.”
Sergey Markov posts a photo
Sergei Markov, a well-known pro-Kremlin political scientist, wanted to confirm that “Peskov’s son fought in Ukraine”, posting a photo on social media: “Nikolai Peskov takes the military oath”. “There were witnesses who worked in Wagner’s group with Nikolai,” Markov added. Ukrainian media pointed out that the photo released by Markov was of former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s son, with the Ukrainian leader in the background.
“Apparently, Markov is not ashamed of this,” the Focus.Ua portal wrote, adding that “propagandists exaggerated with evidence.”
Marco deleted the entry, but a copy survives.
Son from first marriage
Nikolai is the son of Dmitry Peskov from his first marriage. In 2010-2012 he served in Missile Forces. After completing his military service, he worked as a correspondent for the propaganda and pro-Kremlin television Russia Today.
In 2017, the Alexei Navalny Anti-Corruption Foundation published an investigative report on Peskov’s son, which showed that Nikolai did not work anywhere, but used luxury cars and private jets. Opposition allies said Nikolai spent a year in a British prison for two robberies.
Komsomolskaya Pravda, meduza.io, Radio Svoboda
Main photo source: mil.ru
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