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Russian embassy seeks explanation from Sri Lankan minister over funding Rajapaksa claims

The Russian Embassy has reportedly contacted Sri Lanka’s Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera to seek an explanation over claims that Moscow had funded a propaganda unit for Joint Opposition MP Namal Rajapaksa.

According to a report in The Island, a spokesperson for the Russian embassy in Colombo told the paper that it “had noted Minister Samaraweera’s statement and requested an explanation from the Foreign Ministry”.

The accusation by Mr Samaraweera comes after the current government also announced this week that it was investigating almost 1.4 billion rupees paid by China Harbour Engineering Company to the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa prior to the last election.