Brother of Peru’s president-elect met with Russian arms dealers and defense minister

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Alexis Humala (Photo: Peru.com)

Alexis Humala, the brother of president-elect Ollanta Humala, met with Russian arms dealers last week.

This news, as reported in Peru’s La Republica, points to Alexis Humala being more deeply involved in negotiations between the Russian and Peruvian government than previously claimed. This was despite the fact that he was not asked to go to Russia by his brother or his political party, Gana Peru.

Reports indicate that Humala met with Russia’s Defense Minister, as well as JSC Rosoboronexport , “the sole state intermediary agency for Russia’s exports/imports of defense-related and dual use products,” as stated on their website. Alexis Humala, presuming to represent his brother’s government, also talked with Russian officials on the matter of atomic energy, minerals and petroleum.

When La Republica interviewed him over the weekend, he made no mention of these meetings. Peruvian military officials based in the former Soviet Union claimed that in the case of Rosoboronexport, Humala met with Alexander Cheusov, the company’s representative in Lima during the Alejandro Toledo and Alan García administrations. According to sources, he also met with the vice minister of the Russian Federation for Economic Development and also visited the Ukraine.

Gana Peru spokesperson, Freddy Otárola, stated that Ollanta Humala had no knowledge of his brother’s meetings either with Russia’s Defense Ministry or Rosoboronexport, nor of any negotiations involving arms purchasing.

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