Dmitry Peskov

Russian politician

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Dmitry Peskov
Dmitry Peskov portrait.jpg
Official portrait, 2018
Kremlin Press Secretary
Assumed office
22 May 2012
PresidentVladimir Putin
Preceded byNatalya Timakova
Kremlin Deputy Chief of Staff
Assumed office
22 May 2012
PresidentVladimir Putin
Press Secretary of the Prime Minister of Russia
In office
25 April 2008 – May 2012
Prime MinisterViktor Zubkov (until 7 May)
Vladimir Putin (from 8 May)
Preceded byAlexey Gromov
Succeeded byNatalya Timakova
Personal details
Born
Dmitry Sergeyevich Peskov

(1967-10-17) 17 October 1967 (age 54)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Spouse(s)
Anastasia Budennaya
(m. 1988; div. 1994)

Yekaterina Solotsinskaya
(m. 1994; div. 2012)

(m. 2015)
Children5; including Nikolay Peskov
Alma materMoscow State University

Dmitry Sergeyevich Peskov (Russian: Дмитрий Сергеевич Песков, IPA: [pʲɪˈskof]; born 17 October 1967) is a Russian diplomat and the press secretary for Russian President Vladimir Putin.[1]

Early life and education

Peskov was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1967. His father, Sergey, headed the Soviet diplomatic mission in Pakistan. In 1989, Peskov graduated from the Institute of Asian and African Countries at the Moscow State University, specializing in History and Eastern studies. In the same year, Peskov joined the Soviet Foreign Ministry.

Political career

Peskov with President Putin at a conference, 12 December 2012

In 1990, Peskov was appointed to the Soviet embassy in Ankara, Turkey, as an administrative assistant. He subsequently filled the positions of attaché and then third secretary at the embassy. In 1994, he was assigned to work in the Russian foreign ministry in Moscow. After two years there, he was posted back to Ankara in 1996 with the diplomatic rank of second, and then first secretary at the Russian embassy.[1]

In 2000, Peskov returned to Russia to work at the press service of the Russian president, serving in a number of positions, including a four-year term as the first deputy press secretary of the Russian president, from 2004 to 2008. Peskov has served as Putin's spokesman since April 2000. Peskov was named as prime minister Viktor Zubkov's press secretary on 25 April 2008,[2] putting him in place to lead Vladimir Putin's press operations when he moved to the job of Prime Minister under Dmitry Medvedev's presidency. In May 2012, when Putin again became president, Peskov succeeded Natalya Timakova as the presidential spokesperson.

During the 2011–2013 Russian protests in which riot police clubbed protestors, Peskov said that "protesters who hurt riot police should have their livers smeared on the asphalt", causing an outcry among opposition activists.[3]

In January 2016, Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, sent an e-mail to Dmitry Peskov asking for help with a business deal in Moscow. The Washington Post called this the "most direct outreach documented by a top Trump aide to a similarly senior member of Putin’s government."[4][5] After initial difficulties in addressing the email Peskov's office replied by email and telephone. Cohen denied this response when testifying to Congress but later said that he had lied, and the Moscow project had continued until at least June 2016.[6]

In November 2021, Peskov denied allegations that Russia was preparing for a possible invasion of Ukraine.[7] In January 2022, Peskov accused the United States of "fomenting tensions" around Ukraine.[8]

On 28 February 2022, in relation to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the European Union blacklisted Peskov and had all his assets frozen.[9][10] The United States imposed similar sanctions on 3 March,[11] and Australia followed suit on 8 March.[12] The United Kingdom imposed sanctions on 15 March.[13][14][15]

On 27 March 2022, in a conversation with Ryan Chilcote on PBS News Hour, Peskov claimed the Russian military invading Ukraine was not targeting civilians or civilian infrastructure, only military infrastructure, suggesting that Ukrainian cities such as Mariupol were destroyed by the Ukrainians themselves, and that murdered civilians of that city were killed by fellow "Nazi" Ukrainians; Chilcote observed "in all fairness, you know everyone outside of Russia has been watching hundreds and hundreds of hours of footage that has come out of the country showing widespread targeting of civilian infrastructure, apartment buildings, theaters, hospitals." In the same interview, Peskov said on the usage of nuclear weapons: "[...] any outcome of the operation, of course, is not a reason for usage of a nuclear weapon. We have a security concept that very clearly states that only when there is a threat for existence of the state in our country, we can use and we will actually use nuclear weapons [...] Existence of the state, and special military operation in Ukraine, they have nothing to do with each other. [...] There was a part of [Putin's] statement warning different states not to interfere [...] and I think that everyone understands what he meant. [...] Non one is thinking about using, even about the idea of using nuclear weapons."[16]

Personal life

In July 2015, Peskov became engaged to the Olympic Champion ice dancer Tatiana Navka, with whom he has a daughter.[17] Navka holds citizenship with both Russia and United States.[18] They married on 1 August 2015, after Peskov finalized the divorce with his second wife Ekaterina Solotsynskaya.[19] A Sobesednik [ru] article stated that their marriage occurred in June 2015.[18][20]

In August 2014, Navka and Peskov had a daughter Nadya.[18][20]

His daughter, Elizaveta Peskova, is an assistant to far-right Aymeric Chauprade, a French Member of the European Parliament.[21][22] After the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Elizaveta posted the words "no to war" to her Instagram page, and deleted it shortly afterwards.[23][24]

His son Deni resides in Paris.[25]

Aside from his native Russian language, Peskov is fluent in English, Turkish and Arabic.

On 12 May 2020, Peskov was admitted to hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.[26] He recovered and was discharged on 25 May.[27]

Wealth

Peskov's wife has real estate holdings worth more than $10 million.[28] She heads two companies that have contracts with the Russian state.[29]

During his 2015 wedding, Peskov was photographed wearing an exclusive US$670,000 Richard Mille watch, greater than Peskov's declared income for all his years of service as a state employee. When this fact was discovered, this caused a media reaction, and Peskov replied that Navka had paid for the watch.[30] Russian anticorruption crusader Alexei Navalny said on 17 August that Peskov vacationed recently with his new wife off the coast of the Italian island of Sardinia on a 350,000-euro-per-week yacht called the Maltese Falcon. Navalny cited data from yacht-tracking websites and social-media posts as evidence partially corroborating his source's claims, though he presented no direct proof that Peskov had set foot on the vessel.[31]

Established in January 2014, registered in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and beneficially owned by Navka, Carina Global Assets had assets of more than $1 million including an apartment and liquidated in November 2015.[20]

References

  1. ^ a b Peskov, Dmitry Kremlin.ru
  2. ^ "Putin begins forming prime ministerial team". Reuters. 25 April 2008.
  3. ^ Lally, Kathy. "Putin team taunts demonstrators". Washington Post. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  4. ^ Rosalind S. Helderman; Carol D. Leonnig; Tom Hamburger (28 August 2017). "Top Trump Organization executive asked Putin aide for help on business deal". Washington Post. Retrieved 25 April 2019. Cohen’s email marks the most direct outreach documented by a top Trump aide to a similarly senior member of Putin’s government [...] he did not recall receiving a response from Peskov [...] The email, addressed to Peskov, appeared to have been sent to a general Kremlin press account.
  5. ^ Matt Taibbi (23 April 2019). "The Press Will Learn Nothing From the Russiagate Fiasco". Rolling Stone.
  6. ^ Mueller, Robert S. (April 18, 2019). The Mueller Report: The Report of the Special Counsel on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election. Special Counsel's Office, U.S. Department of Justice. pp. 74–75. ISBN 9780359600281. Retrieved May 12, 2020. Cohen testified to Congress, and initially told the Office, that he did not recall receiving a response to this email inquiry and that he decided to terminate any further work on the Trump Moscow project as of January 2016. Cohen later said that these statements were false. In fact, he had received (and recalled receiving) a response to his inquiry, and he continued to work on and update candidate Trump on the project through as late as June 2016.
  7. ^ "U.S. 'Escalating' Russia-Ukraine Tensions by Arming Kiev – Kremlin". The Moscow Times. 23 November 2021.
  8. ^ "Ukraine urges calm, saying situation 'under control' and Russian invasion not imminent". ABC. 25 January 2022.
  9. ^ Valentina Pop; Sam Fleming; Max Seddon (28 February 2022). "EU freezes assets of Russia's leading oligarchs and allies of Putin". The Financial Times.
  10. ^ "EU Sanctions Putin Oligarchs, Spokesman Over Ukraine". The Moscow Times. 28 February 2022.
  11. ^ Nick Wadhams; Jennifer Jacobs (3 March 2022). "U.S. Sanctions Usmanov, Prigozhin, Tokarev, Other Russian Elites". Bloomberg News.
  12. ^ Dziedzic, Stephen (8 March 2022). "New sanctions on Russia as Australia seeks to counter Ukraine invasion misinformation". ABC News. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  13. ^ Penna, Dominic (2022-03-15). "Politics latest news: New Russia sanctions hit 370 people including oligarchs and their families". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  14. ^ Walker, Peter; Elgot, Jessica (2022-03-15). "UK to impose sanctions on 370 more Russians". The Guardian. Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  15. ^ "Foreign Secretary announces historic round of sanctions: 15 March 2022". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  16. ^ Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Ukraine and the West: 'Don't push us into the corner', retrieved 2022-03-29
  17. ^ "Olympic Skating Champion to Marry Russian President Putin's Spokesman". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  18. ^ a b c Ахмирова, Римма (Akhmirova, Rimma); Катаева, Виктория (Kataeva, Victoria); Мильчановска, Елена (Milchanovskaya, Elena) (21 July 2015). "Дмитрий Песков и Татьяна Навка сыграют свадьбу повторно? «Собеседник» выяснил, что Навка и Песков уже расписались, и узнал детали приуроченного к этому событию торжества" [Dmitry Peskov and Tatiana Navka will get married again? The "interlocutor" found out that Navka and Peskov had already signed, and learned the details of the celebration timed to this event.]. «Собеседник» (sobesednik.ru) (in Russian). Archived from the original on 3 April 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  19. ^ ""Діти агресора". УП знайшла сина Пєскова в Парижі". Українська правда (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  20. ^ a b c "Чиновники и их семьи: Татьяна Навка, супруга Дмитрия Пескова, пресс-секретаря президента РФ; сын министра экономического развития Алексея Улюкаева Дмитрий; глава департамента транспорта Москвы Максим Ликсутов" [Officials and their families: Tatyana Navka, wife of Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation; Dmitry, son of the Minister of Economic Development Alexei Ulyukaev; Head of the Moscow Department of Transport Maxim Liksutov]. Новая газета (in Russian). 5 April 2016. Archived from the original on 6 April 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  21. ^ Taylor, Simon (25 February 2019). "Daughter of Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov working for far-Right French MEP in Brussels". The Telegraph.
  22. ^ "Daughter of Putin's Spokesman Interns for Far-Right French Member of European Parliament: Report". The Daily Beast. 25 February 2019.
  23. ^ Jankowicz, Mia. "The daughter of Putin's spokesman publicly opposed Russia's invasion of Ukraine, undermining her dad". Businessinsider.com. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  24. ^ Roth, Andrew (25 February 2022). "Prominent Russians join protests against Ukraine war amid 1,800 arrests". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  25. ^ ""Діти агресора". УП знайшла сина Пєскова в Парижі". Українська правда (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  26. ^ "Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman tests positive for coronavirus". Reuters. 12 May 2020. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  27. ^ "Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov back at work". Hong Kong Standard. Associated Press. 25 May 2020. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  28. ^ "Questions over lifestyle of Putin's aide and his wife's $10m property empire". the Guardian. 2019-02-06. Retrieved 2022-03-19.
  29. ^ "Kremlin's earnings list gives glimpse of officials' wealth". France 24. 2018-04-18. Retrieved 2022-03-19.
  30. ^ Oliphant, Ronald (3 August 2015). "Vladimir Putin's spokesman in luxury watch scandal". The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  31. ^ "After Wristwatch Scandal, Putin's Spokesman Grilled Over Luxury Yacht". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2017.

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