On December 29, Yuri Dud* published an interview with Leonid Parfyonov, taken in Bulgaria. And already on December 30, it became known that the former NTV and Namedni presenter was being controlled under art. 330.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Failure to submit a notification of a citizen of the Russian Federation who has citizenship (nationality) of a foreign state or a residence permit or other valid document confirming the right to his residence permanent in a foreign state”. The maximum penalty provided for in the article is compulsory work of up to 400 hours.
The information came from one of the sources in law enforcement agencies. He assured that five years ago, Leonid issued an Israeli passport.
“The operatives are checking with Parfyonov the fact of having Israeli citizenship,” the RIA Novosti interlocutor confirmed.
Parfyonov himself did not answer KP’s question about having a second citizenship and a verification notice. He didn’t take the calls.
By indirect signs it is easy to guess that Israel is not a foreign country for the TV presenter. It was there that he arranged the wedding of his daughter Masha, who married Armenian businessman Sergei Mkhitaryan.
And in 2016, the Israeli press wrote that at the Ben Gurion airport (near Tel Aviv), Parfyonov “showed the border guards a permanent residence visa in his Russian passport” when passing through border control. The network even has a photo of the journalist’s alleged document. He later filmed a documentary project “Russian Jews” for Youtube.
At the same time, Leonid has recently been living, most likely in Georgia. It is from there that he records the author’s programs “Parthenon”. It is there, as he stressed on December 12, where all the projects in which the journalist works will be announced.
When asked about dual citizenship, Parfyonov usually answers vaguely.
– Nothing requested [получать израильское гражданство], he said. – I have already settled in the USA twice. Where I just don’t live, if you believe the talk.
* recognized by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation as a foreign agent