TV presenter Sergei Brilev announced that he had left the Vesti on Saturday program. He also noted that he no longer holds the position of deputy director of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company for special information projects.
“At the beginning of the season, on September 11, I celebrated the 20th anniversary of the work as a host (much more?!), and on February 26 I hosted the last issue of Vesti on Saturday (which drew a line under the period when I had, why wear the title of deputy director channel),” wrote Brilev.
Now Brilev is on a business trip to the countries of South America, from where his special reports and mini-films come out.
The last issue of the Vesti on Saturday program aired on the Russia 1 channel on February 26.
In 2018, the Anti-Corruption Foundation published an investigation, which reported that Brilev had been a British citizen since 2001, and his family owned expensive real estate in London. FBK found Brilev and his wife on the lists of people with the right to vote in the UK. They were listed there in 2001.
FBK also found out that Brileva is the sole owner of one of the apartments in London, bought in 2016 for 700 thousand pounds.
Brilev himself confirmed the information about British citizenship: “First I have a British residence permit, and then a second citizenship is a fact that is well known to my employers. When the relevant legislation appeared, I, as expected, informed the then FMS about it. An employee of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise is not a civil servant. I mean, I didn't break any laws. In addition, due to the nature of my work, I have no access to state secrets.”
In addition to his work at Vesti and the position of deputy director of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company for special information projects, Brilev also hosted Direct Lines with Vladimir Putin, commented on live broadcasts of presidential inaugurations in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2018, and is also a member of the presidium of the Council on Foreign and defense policy.