British-educated son of Kremlin spokesman Dimitry Peskov is ordered by his father to serve as artilleryman in Putin’s war in Ukraine
The son of a top Kremlin official was ordered by his father to serve as a humble artilleryman in Putin’s war after protesting that he should not be called up.
Nikolay Peskov, 32, was caught in a sting by journalists last year saying he would pull strings to avoid conscription.
But the head of pro-Kremlin Wagner private army said that his father – Putin’s longtime spokesman Dmitry Peskov, 55 – had arranged for British-educated Nikolay to be sent to the war.
It is a rare example of the son of a top official fighting in the conflict, even though it appears he was not on the frontline where tens of thousands of ‘cannon fodder’ Russians have perished.
‘Of all my acquaintances [in high circles] just one person [Dmitry] Peskov, at one time known as a complete liberal, asked me about his son who had spend some of his life….in England,’ said Yevgeny Prigozhin, chief of Wagner, nicknamed Putin’s ‘chef’.
Nikolay Peskov, eldest son of president Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, served with Wagner mercenaries
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends the Supreme State Council of the Union State Russia-Belarus meeting in Moscow
‘[Peskov] came to me and said: “Take him as a simple artilleryman”.
‘He served like everyone else, knee-deep in mud and sh** manning a Uragan [multiple rocket launcher]… Very few people know about this.’
As well as being the dictator’s mouthpiece, Dmitry Peskov is one of Putin’s most senior officials serving as deputy head of his sprawling administration.
It appears Peskov sent his son to war after being stung by a prank call on livestream Popular Politics, a channel linked to the team of jailed Putin foe Alexei Navalny.
The caller posed as an army mobilisation officer and Peskov’s son told him: ‘You must understand I am Mr Peskov.
‘It’s not quite right for me to be there [at the conscription office].
‘To cut it short, I’ll be sorting this out at another level.’
He told the ‘mobilisation officer’ that there were ‘political nuances’ about his call-up, without explaining his father was Putin’s trusted spin-doctor.
But Peskov’s son also told him: ‘If I have to defend my motherland, don’t worry, I’ll be with you.’
Now Prigozhin has revealed that Nikolay did serve at least for several months.
Earlier – long before the current war – Nikolay was a conscript in Russia’s nuclear rocket forces.
Ukrainian soldiers fire targets on the front line in the direction of the city of Ugledar, Donetsk
He later worked as a sports journalist with the RT ‘propaganda’ media network.
On his mother’s side, he is the great-grandson of notorious Soviet Marshal and Stalin crony Semyon Budyonny.
Former defence minister of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, Igor ‘Strelkov’ Girkin, said that Nikolay was likely 14 miles from the frontline in a role with ‘minimal risk’.
But he admitted the Kremlin scion was rare in being sent to the front among the offspring of the elite.
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