In the Russian media, echoes of the interview that the son of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov gave to the high-circulation newspaper “Komsomolskaya Pravda” continue. Nikolai, 33, claimed to have fought in Ukraine with the mercenary Wagner Group. The independent portal Meduza, citing reports from Telegram channels, wrote that at the same time his favorite car, a Tesla, was issued with speeding tickets.
The driver of the Tesla Model X belonging to Nikolai Peskov (using the surname Chowles) “broke the rules on July 24 and November 6, 2022, which is when he was allegedly in Ukraine“- reported Meduza, who quotes the reports of the WCzK-OGPU telegram channel.
The WCzK-OGPU channel published screenshots from surveillance cameras that recorded exceeding the speed limit by Tesla. The driver is not visible because the car has tinted windows.
“Nikolai Chowles (or Peskov) until March 28, 2023 was the sole owner of a Tesla Model X car. According to eyewitnesses, it was his favorite car and he usually drove himself. From the beginning to the end of 2022, the car was actively moving around Moscow and even preserved Thus, during the declared period of Nikolai’s ‘service’, the electric car violated traffic regulations on its owner’s favorite routes in July and November 2022. Therefore, there is every reason to believe that Nikolai himself was driving at that time, “wrote the WChK-channel OGPU.
The founder of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, told reporters that Peskov’s son fought at the front as an “artilleryman”. Independent journalists reached the mercenaries of the Wagner Group, who stated that “they did not see the son of the Kremlin’s spokesman on the Sołedar or Bachmucki directions in Donbass“. Nikolai’s friends also said that he “didn’t disappear for long”.
Another issue raised by the independent media is the involvement of the spokesman’s son in the Wagner Group. Chowles in an interview with “Komsomolska Pravda” maintained that he joined this formation under a different name. As he claimed, he did not disclose it in case he “needed it again”. According to Russian lawyers, Chowles could have committed a crime if he got into the Wagner Group on the basis of false documents.
Defender human rights and lawyer Yevgeny Smirnov said that if Peskov’s son used a fake ID to join the mercenary formation, he could face up to a year in prison.
Dealing with the matter “at another level”
The son of the Kremlin spokesman became famous in September last year after the announcement by Vladimir Putin the so-called “partial mobilization”. To the son of Peskov, who served in the missile forces in 2010-2012, an associate of the well-known oppositionist Alexei Navalny called Dmitry Nizovtsev. He posed as an employee of the command and called Nikolai Peskov to “report” as part of the ordered mobilization. The 33-year-old replied that “it will be dealt with at a different level”.
– I must understand the purpose of my appearance in this place. It’s not that easy. I am talking about certain political nuances, argued the son of the Kremlin spokesman at the time.
Independent media recalled this story, emphasizing that at that time Peskov’s son did not want to fight in Ukraine. He himself, when asked about it by the journalists of “Komsomolska Pravda”, claimed that “then he was preparing for service and to leave for Ukraine, he was nervous, that’s why he answered in such a way”.
Pro-Kremlin media in Russia according to “Komsomolska Pravda” that Peskov’s son received the “For Courage” medal, he was to return to Russia after the end of a half-year contract with the Wagner Group.
Meduza, “Komsomolskaya Pravda”, tvn24.pl
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