Thursday, 23 July 2015. During a dinner with Forza Italia's MPs, Silvio Berlusconi reveals that his friend Vladimir Putin offered him the Russian citizenship and the post of head of the Economy Ministry.
The Italian newspaper La Stampa (“The Press”) has gathered information about something quite controversial that the disgraced former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi apparently said yesterday evining, during a dinner at Ristorante Consolini in the district of Testaccio, in Rome.
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Berlusconi, who is not in high spirits due to his judicial woes and the bad shape of his party Forza Italia, has been quoted saying “Think about it, in Italy I have been relegated to the fringes of society, while [Russia's President Vladimir] Putin told me he is ready to grant me the Russian citizenship and the lead of the Economy Ministry”.
The 78-year old Italian tycoon apparently has also added that that's what he could be doing soon, getting a Russian passport and leaving for good heading East. Berlusconi is a very good friend of Putin, and he has remained loyal to him even when Russian was kicked off the G8.
It's not the first time that Vladimir Putin offers the Russian citizenship to one of his friends. Two years ago, French actor Gérard Depardieu received a Russian passport (after criticising taxes on top earners that François Hollande intended to introduce in France), and now he is registered as resident of Saransk, in the Republic of Mordovia, Russia.