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Italy Can’t Stop Talking About Salvini’s Russia Tape Scandal

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Matteo Salvini on July 9.
Matteo Salvini on July 9.Photographer: Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images
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Matteo Salvini, the euroskeptic strongman of Italian politics, can’t seem to shut down a scandal over alleged illegal financing from Russia.

The deputy prime minister has been trying to distance himself from a close ally, Gianluca Savoini, who was recorded apparently soliciting illegal party funding from three Russians, according to a report by Buzzfeed News. The story has dominated Italian media coverage since it broke last week, with Salvini attempting -- and so far failing -- to distance himself from the fixer.