'Russian Aid' to DP Stirs Up Controversy
Albanian Daily News
Published March 8, 2018
An investigative report published by US news magazine "Mother Jones," claiming that a Russian-linked shell company, through a Republican lobbyist and ex-Trump campaign aide helped Albania's Democratic Party in Washington, has spurred debates among the Albanian opposition and majority. The article, which was published on March 6, hints at Russians use of the US political system to promote the Albanian right wing in Washington and to encourage turmoil in the Balkans. "A sketchy Scottish firm called Biniatta Trade, which was formed by two Belize-based shell companies, paid a Republican lobbyist and former Trump campaign aide named Nick Muzin for work in the US to help the Democratic Party of Albania," as 'Mother Jones' reports. According to the article, as parliamentary election was underway, the right-wing was challenging Socialist Party government led by Prime Minister Edi Rama, who was steering Albania into the EU and warning of the rise of Russian influence in the Balkans, thus jumping into conclusion that Russian-related entities secretly meddled in the US in order to meddle in an election in Albania.