A.S. Linnikov, Vice-Rector for International Cooperation, met with Mr. Giuseppe Conte, the Italian Prime Minister, and Mr Matteo Salvini, Federal Secretary of the ruling Lega Nord per l'Indipendenza della Padania (League of the North for the Independence of Padania) party. 
A.S. Linnikov, Vice-Rector for International Cooperation, was member of the delegation accompanying the visit of V. V. Putin, President of the Russian Federation, to Rome.  During the visit, A.S. Linnikov met with Mr. Giuseppe Conte, the Italian Prime Minister, and Mr Matteo Salvini, Federal Secretary of the ruling League of the North for the Independence of Padania party. 
A.N. Shokhin, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, V.A. Dmitriev, Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who were also members of the respectable delegation, and A.S. Linnikov discussed many issues related to bilateral cooperation in the field of business and education with the Italian partners.
A.S. Linnikov also spoke about the Financial University achievements within the joint projects launched in partnership with the Italian universities. According to A.S. Linnikov, in the Soviet times, the leftist parties used to be our best friends in Europe, and today, our best friends are the conservative right-wing parties. Thank you for supporting Russia and for the partnership. This is what he wrote on his @alexander_linnikov Instagram page.