Mitrokhin Commission

Mitrokhin Commission

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The Mitrokhin Commission was a parliamentary commission set up in 2002 by the Italian Parliament, then led by Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing coalition, the Casa delle Libertà, and presided by senator Paolo Guzzanti (Forza Italia). Its aim was to investigate alleged KGB ties to opposition figures in Italian politics, basing itself on one hand on the controversial Mitrokhin Archive, on the other hand on various others sources, including the consultant Mario Scaramella, who rose to international prominence in 2006 in the midst of the Alexander Litvinenko affair. Litvinenko was a former KGB agent poisoned in London in 2006.

The Mitrokhin Commission alleged, among others, that Romano Prodi, former center-left Prime Minister of Italy and President of the European Commission from 1999 to 2004, was the "KGB's man in Italy." Mario Scaramella was arrested end of December 2006 and charged with calumny and illegal weapons' trade, while interceptions of phone calls between Scaramella and senator Guzzanti were published by the Italian press at the end of 2006, showing that they planned to discredit various figures of the opposition by claiming KGB ties.

The commission was shut down in March 2006 without any concrete evidence given to support the original allegations of KGB ties to Italian politicians.The Guardian, 2 December 2006

In five years, the Commission heard 47 consultants, for a total cost of 1.9 million euros<ref...
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