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Putin spokesperson defends daughter’s EU internship

The daughter of Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, Yelizaveta Peskova, is working as a paid intern with French deputy Aymeric Chauprade.

FILE: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (front) and Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov. Picture: AFP.

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin’s long-term spokesperson on Tuesday defended his daughter’s internship with a French lawmaker in the European Parliament, saying it was nothing unusual and had “nothing to do” with his job.

“This is about an ordinary student and a normal internship,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told journalists in a daily briefing.

“It has nothing to do with my duties and my work,” he added.

His 21-year-old daughter Yelizaveta Peskova is working as a paid intern with French deputy Aymeric Chauprade, who is on the EU parliament’s security and defence sub-committee.

Her father has served as Putin’s spokesperson since 2000.

Chauprade told AFP on Tuesday that Peskova, who is studying law in France, had no access to confidential documents.

“Yelizaveta, daughter of Dmitry Peskov, (President Vladimir) Putin’s spokesperson, began her internship in November 2018” and will leave in late April when Chauprade’s term ends as well, he told AFP.

He said Peskova is paid €1,000 ($1,135) a month.

She cannot attend closed-door debates nor participate in the work of an EU/Russia delegation that Chauprade belongs to, the French MEP said.

Chauprade was elected to parliament on the far-right National Front ticket with Marine Le Pen in 2014 but has since fallen out with her party and considers himself to be independent.

He was an observer during Moscow’s rushed 2014 referendum on a Crimea annexation, which is not recognised internationally, and told AFP: “I have never hidden that I consider Crimea to be historically Russian.”

Peskova is a prolific social media user whose Instagram account posting glamourous selfies with Russian stars and officials has more than 78,000 followers.

She raised eyebrows last year with photos of a trip to Chechnya at the invitation of Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, calling him a “dear brother.”

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