Gianfranco Vestuto

Versions of names: Джанфранко Вистуто

Gianfranco Vestuto is an Italian journalist and the leader of a minor right-wing political party, Lega Sud Ausonia, which was founded as a sister party to Lega Nord before splitting. In addition, since 2013 he has been the editor-in-chief of a pro-Russian news site, Russia News. Between 2011 and 2013 he was the Director of the newspaper "La Nostra Gazzetta".


Individual Observers at the 2022 pseudo-referendum for the formal annexation of occupied territories of Donetsk to Russia


Lega Sud Ausonia

Ordinary party member Leading the party

A benevolent climate prevails at the polling stations. This was stated by the editor-in-chief of the publication Russia News, Italian Gianfranco Vistuto, acting as an international observer. "It is the exact opposite of what we are shown in the Western media," said Vistuto. "We are told about the terror that is happening here, but we see the opposite picture with our own eyes." [Translated from Russian]

Corresponding elections

From 23 to 27 September 2022, the Russian forces organised a sham election process - pseudo-referendum as a pretext for the formal annexation of the regions of occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson by Russia. The annexation of the four regions was announced on 30 September 2022.