The secret life of Russian diplomat Sergey Lavrov with millionaire mistress revealed
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov allegedly financed his mistress’s trip abroad with him on official diplomatic trips to nearly two dozen countries around the world, new bombshell says report from the team of Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny. The report, titled “Yachts, Bribes and a Mistress. What Minister Lavrov is hiding, ”details a plethora of luxury digs and yachts enjoyed by the couple, including a yacht owned by famed oligarch Oleg Deripaska, which was graced by Belarusian model Anastasia Vashukevich, better known by her pseudonym Nastya Rybka.
Lavrov, 71, is married and has a daughter. His alleged partner, Svetlana Polyakova, is an actress and restaurateur, with no known qualifications that would justify her apparent affiliation with the Foreign Ministry. Goods recordings discovered by journalists show that Polyakova and her family members own real estate in Russia and the UK worth around 1 billion rubles ($ 13.6 million), as well as a fleet of luxury cars with a total value of about 40 million rubles ($ 545,000).
The Navalny team report on Thursday followed a investigation posted earlier this week by iStories, an independent investigative media focused on Russia. Based on information provided by sources within the Foreign Ministry, the outlet discovered that Polyakova’s relationship with Lavrov is said to be so close that her friends listed her. Contact information as “Svetlana Lavrova”. She participated in public events alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin and was included in the elite entourage authorized to be in his presence.
The investigation carried out by Navalny’s team alleges that in the past seven years Polyakova has used the official plane of the Minister of Foreign Affairs at least 60 times. Among other countries, she is said to have traveled with Lavrov to France, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, Singapore, Portugal and Greece. Polyakova’s mother, daughter and even her niece accompanied her on some of these official “diplomatic” escapades.
According to information obtained by iStories confidential sources say Polyakova wields considerable influence within the Foreign Ministry, appointing several close friends to key positions. Officials who opposed the appointments were said to have been forced to resign, and one of them leaked this information to reporters. The Russian Foreign Ministry simply ignored requests for comment from iStories.
The secret nature of Polyakova’s relationship with Lavrov came to light when Navalny’s investigative team exposed the iStories report, corroborating it with additional juicy disclosures. As they say, loose lips sink ships. Or, perhaps in this case, yachts. Polyakova’s 26-year-old daughter Polina seems to have highlighted the trips on her Instagram account, which was made private after Thursday’s explosive report and later deactivated.
Polina’s social media posts have revealed one of the most disturbing aspects of this sordid family affair. They show that with her family Polyakova rested at Villa, Hotel, and yacht owned by Deripaska. The yacht rose to fame when Nastya Rybka surreptitiously videotaped conversations between Deripaska and Sergei Prikhodko, the former Russian Deputy Prime Minister. Rybka posted abridged clips on her social media and claimed she had additional videos that could prove Kremlin interference in the U.S. election, but never followed up. The same ship is now at the center of another controversy.
Essentially, Navalny’s team report states that Lavrov acted as Deripaska’s private lobbyist, flying all over the world to help him with his private affairs: from booster his efforts to obtain a US visa, to help him with his business Guinea, Jamaica and Sweden. Deripaska’s considerable wealth could certainly justify the lavish lifestyle of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and his so-called second “family,” including their frequent use of Deripaska’s private planes. Polina went so far as to describe one of the villas in Deripaska as her “second home”. This is a case of “mi casa, su casa” on a global scale.
At the daily briefing of the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova on Thursday, Anastasia Melnikova of the digital media Znak asked about recent allegations against Lavrov, including trips abroad with his alleged mistress and relatives. Zakharova seemed to be shaken by the question. She squirmed, winced and giggled as she listened to the reporter’s investigation.
Zakharova has neither denied nor confirmed the report. Instead, she attempted to challenge the team’s motivations behind the shocking revelations.
“Well, what can I say. First of all, the creators of these pseudo-investigations make no secret of their objectives: to destroy and demolish… they all feed off foreign subsidies. Their information campaigns are supported and supervised by the agencies. intelligence from countries that see Russia as their enemy, “the spokeswoman said.” Second, this is all done according to Goebbels: take some truth, add some lies and present it as reality … Third: even even the most malevolent opponents have no doubts about Lavrov’s professionalism. His authority is unwavering. His authority is simply unquestionable.
This was the last question asked by Zakharova, who gathered her papers and quickly left the podium.