Perugia: 2020 re-run of Johnson’s mystery trip of 2018

Johnson is up to something.

  • It could be just organising his exit from Downing Street – or is that just wishful thinking?
  • Handing over the UK to the USA after a no-deal Brexit?
  • Or carving it up to suit the Russians?

This latter theory is based upon Johnson’s relationship with the son of former KGB Spy, Alexander Lebedev. 40 year old Evgeny Lebedev and Johnson have a strong bond: they met in 2009, when the former was dating “Spice Girl” Geri Halliwell and the latter was Mayor of London. That same year, Lebedev bought the Evening Standard newspaper together with his father and former KGB spy, Alexander. Since then, Evgeny and Boris have never left each other: Lebedev has even a dog named after the prime minister. In 2012, Johnson went to Lebedev’s Perugia for another party and Lebedev reportedly paid for everything, from private jets to taxis. In addition to the infamous trip in 2018, Johnson celebrated with the Russian millionaire also the landslide victory of the 2019 election and recently he handed him a peerage, making “Lord Lebedev” the first Russian-British member of the upper house of the glorious British Parliament.

As reported in La Republica, there is an official statement of the Italian airport dated September 17th, the British prime minister “travelled to Perugia over the past few days”. Sources: “Johnson landed in Perugia on Friday 11 September at 2 pm and left on Monday morning”. But Downing Street states “This claim is wrong”. This all stinks of a massive cover-up… since he supposedly held a Zoom Meeting, baptised his child and attended a Covid-19 meeting while he was secretly away at a location he is known to have partied. Some reports claim that he was baptising his child in Italy. This is clearly just a “limited hangout”. BJ was there for BJ not baptism. Apparently Airport Officials have backtracked and state that they had confused Johnson with Tony Blair (although clearly their original statement (see below) clearly differentiated them).

Much of this report is from La Republica…

During the weekend of the 12th and 13th September, the British premier is reported to have secretly been in Perugia, Italy. An official statement of the local airport dated September 17th claims that Mr Johnson was in Perugia “over the past few days”. Local airport sources state that Johnson “travelled to Perugia”. A source reported that Johnson landed in Perugia.

The mystery of Boris Johnson’s “trip to Perugia”
On the afternoon of Thursday September 17th, a famous Uruguayan Barcelona footballer, Luis Suarez, arrived in Perugia, welcomed by cheering fans and supporters, to take an Italian exam in order to obtain the Italian passport. Immediately afterwards, the international airport of Perugia issued a proud statement: “Over the past few days, many names and personalities from the political, sporting and economic world have arrived here in Perugia. From Prada CEO Patrizio Bertelli to the British PM Boris Johnson, preceded by Tony Blair (former UK premier) and not least the champion footballer Luis Suarez from Barcelona, who landed this afternoon to take an Italian language exam at the University for Foreigners of Perugia. Umbria and our airport are at the center of the world at this end of the season, with more and more personalities choosing the “San Francesco d’Assisi” airport thanks to its strategic position in the center of Italy, the speed of connection and the always punctual and efficient service that the airport is able to guarantee”.

Boris Johnson in Perugia “over the past few days”? Could that be possible? In the past, Johnson had frequented several times Umbria’s main town, mostly to visit his longtime friend Evgeny Lebedev, 40 years old, a Russian-British businessman and editor of the London newspaper “Evening Standard”, well known also for his famous weekend parties at his majestic estates in Umbria. Johnson’s last trip there on the record caused quite a scandal: on April 28th 2018, as Foreign Minister of May’s government, he flew to Umbria without security less than two months after the Russian novichok poisoning of the double-agent spy Sergej Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, in order to join one of the parties in fabulous Palazzo Terranova, Lebedev’s fairytale residence, shrouded in impenetrable secrecy. At the same place, that same year, the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman had come for a dinner together with Virgin boss Richard Branson. The following morning, on April 29th, Johnson turned up at San Francesco d’Assisi airport, still unescorted, and looking sleepy and drained, with his shirt out of trousers and his wrinkled attire, as if he had slept in those same clothes until a few hours before embarking a Ryanair flight to London Stansted Airport.

Asked about the September 17th press release mentioning Johnson on the same day, a Perugia airport spokesman confirmed it, adding that both “Johnson and Blair were here in Perugia last week”. An airport worker confirmed Johnson’s presence “on Friday Sept 11th or Thursday Sept 10th, I don’t remember well”. Another airport source assured that the British Prime Minister arrived “on Friday September 11th at 2 pm and left on Monday September 14th at 7.45”, while former PM Tony Blair was reported to be in Perugia from 8 to 11 September, according to the same source.

Earlier in the morning of Friday September 11th, the British Prime Minister was reputed to working in Downing Street. Later that day, the PM also had a Zoom call with 256 Tory MPs on Brexit: Johnson’s Internet line was remarkably poor that evening and broke down for about 20 minutes. “When Johnson came back on the line he joked that he should probably invest in gigabit broadband”, an MP told “Politics Home”.

As for the outward journey, however, there were two other private flights from Farnborough airport that week: one was a Hawker Beechcraft jet landing in Perugia on Thursday 10 September at 1.30pm, the second one a Bombardier Challenger 350 landed at 10.59 on Saturday 12 September. According to the website Flightradar24, Johnson’s alleged return flight from Perugia started at 8.27 am on Monday by a Embraer Legacy 500 jet, landing at 9.39 am local time at the RAF British military airport Northolt. Which is located, among other things, in Ruislip, adjoining Johnson’s constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

According to sources from Perugia airport, the return plane was supposed to take off at 7.45 am that day. However, apparently there was a problem because it took off 40 minutes later than the scheduled time. That Monday morning, September 17th, Johnson and the British Home Secretary, Priti Patel, were due to visits in London, then everything was cancelled at the last moment. That afternoon Downing Street added that Johnson “was in London and attended a coronavirus meeting in the morning”.

On Saturday September 12th, Johnson, together with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds, reportedly baptised his little son Wilfred, as broken last Monday by the “Telegraph” and the “Sun”, an event that Downing Street hasn’t commented on. On that occasion, it had been defined “an ultra-secret ceremony”, for which no details or the place were known, but a source told the “Sun” that “they’re not intending to release photographs as it was a special private moment. It was a priority for Boris and ­Carrie that the entire ­baptism was Covid secure. There was no reception or party afterwards. Perhaps they’ll have a big celebration whenever they get married.” Checking the website Flightradar24, almost half of the (very few) flights operating at Perugia airport were connecting the Umbria main town and London.

Tweeter 1

Tweet says “Johnson was here”

I’m at Perugia airport. Lady on the check in desk said Boris Johnson was definitely here last week- ‘it’s a small airport so you know when someone famous is here’ #Perugia

Anna T-B

Tweeter 2

BBC’s John Sweeny reports that Johnson goes to Perugia for “sex parties”.

Tweeter 3

From Ricky Coxon

  • Boris did/not go to Perugia in Italy” – why does this matter? A thread.
  • 1/ Background first. On the 17th Sept, officials at Perugia airport said Johnson was there “in the last few days”. Later they confirmed he “landed on the 11th at 2pm and left on the 14th at 7:45am”.
  • 2/ Downing Street denies he went at all. So the first issue is that either the officials at Perugia airport are lying or Johnson’s staff at Downing street are. This isn’t the first and only time Johnson has lied so I’m calling dibs on it being him.
  • 3/ The evidence is pretty obvious. The Flightradar site shows a couple of private jets flying in and out of Perugia’s airport at approximately the times above – one even landed at an RAF base in Johnson’s home constituency.
  • 4/ Why Perugia? And why lie about it? Well apart from making the lie the dead cat story, it is pretty worrying that Johnson has gone there. Perugia is the home of Johnson’s longtime friend Evgeny Lebedev. He’s been there before on a number of occasions.
  • 5/ One time in 2018, whilst foreign secretary and just after the Salisbury poisonings, he went to Perugia without any security and was seen at the airport looking disheveled and worse for wear.
  • 6/ Lebedev also threw a huge party for Johnson after he won the 2019 general election in December. Aww, that’s nice. Friends.
  • 7/ But the real question is: in the midst of the 2nd wave of Covid-19 AND during the most crucial period in EU trade deal negotiations AND during the largest recession in modern history, did Prime Minister Johnson toddle off on a jolly?
  • 8/ Evgeny Lebedev is the son of Alexander Lebedev. Alexander was a KGB spy for Russia based in London. During the collapse of the USSR, Alexander became an oligarch worth an estimated $3b. Not bad considering his parents were teachers in communist Russia.
  • 9/ Like most of the Russian oligarchs, at the end of the USSR, Alexander was given a ton of state assets that moved from public ownership to private hands making him very rich indeed.
  • 10/ Many people, including myself, have warned that Brexit will create a handful of extremely rich oligarchs at the cost of the ordinary UK citizen. But that might just be a complete coincidence.
  • 11/ The Putin-supporting Lebedev’s own two British newspapers, the Evening Standard and the Independent, as well as a Russian newspaper.
  • 12/ If I were an oligarch that gained my wealth by illicit means, I would buy a newspaper in a foreign tax haven and use it to control the narrative and spread misinformation that enabled me to continue my life of total lawlessness & spoilt privilege. But that’s me.
  • 13/ In Fact, in spring 2019, MI6 and special branch had Evgeny Lebedev down as a “potential security risk”. But by June 2019 this was down-graded by order of the Cabinet Office and Lebedev was then given an honours in the Queens new years honours list.
  • 14/ Gove and Cummings run the Cabinet office by the way. Their financial backer and founder of LeaveEU is multi-millionaire Aaron Banks. He’s married to the daughter of another former Russian spy and Putin oligarch. I shit you not, look it up.
  • 15/ When Cummings broke the lockdown rules people asked “what does he have on Johnson?”. A former senior MI6 officer has speculated that “someone may have a Kompromat on the Prime Minister”.
  • 18/ Anyway, over the weekend, some files called #FINCEN were leaked. They contain over 200,000 suspicious financial transactions worth over $2trillion that were facilitated by banks around the world, including UK bank HSBC. Both the US and UK Gov’t appears to have ignored them.
  • 19/ One of these dodgy transactions was for $8m and involved another Russian oligarch called Vladimir Chernukhin. He’s a close ally of Putin and a general bad guy. He’s been accused by US officials as “playing a key role in advancing Russia’s malign activities”.
  • 20/ Vladimir’s wife, Lubov Chernukhin, has donated £1.7m to the Tory party just before the Brexit vote. She’s paid £160,000 to Boris Johnson for a game of tennis too. The Chernukhin’s live in London. Is anyone spotting a pattern yet?
  • 21/ Very powerful, wealthy, and loyal Russian oligarchs have set-up base in London. They own and use the British press and the UK’s generous tax avoidance network, including British banks, along with the inner sanctum of the Tory party to influence UK politics to their advantage.
  • 22/ And then earlier this year we finally got to hear about the Russian interference report. It said UK authorities were deliberately looking the other way when it came to foreign interference in our elections and democracy. It’s starting to make sense now.

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