Paolo Guzzanti
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Paolo Guzzanti
Paolo Guzzanti
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Member of the
Italian Chamber of Deputies
from Rome

29 April 2008 - 14 March 2013
Italian Republic Senator
from Latium

28 April 2006 - 28 April 2008
Italian Republic Senator
from Lombardy

30 May 1994 - 27 April 2006
Personal details
Born (1940-08-01) 1 August 1940 (age 79)
Rome, Latium
Political partyForza Italia
Other political
Italian Socialist Party
(until 1994)
Forza Italia
The People of Freedom
Italian Liberal Party
ResidenceRome, Latium

Paolo Guzzanti (born 1 August 1940) is an Italian journalist and politician. He was previously a member of the Italian Socialist Party.


Born in Rome, he is the nephew of Elio Guzzanti and father to actors Corrado, Sabina and Caterina.

As a journalist he worked for L'Avanti!, La Repubblica (of which he was co-founder) and La Stampa. He also hosted the first season of TV show Chi l'ha visto?. Currently he is an editorialist of Paolo Berlusconi's Il Giornale (he was deputy director before and for Panorama, also owned by Berlusconi).

He was elected to the Italian Parliament for Forza Italia. From 2002 to 2006 he was president of the Mitrokhin Commission, a parliamentary commission which was entrusted with investigating the role of KGB in Italy. The commission, since the very beginning, received heavy criticism[1] as it was pointed out that its main role seemed only that to discredit the former Italian Communist Party. According to an interview of former KGB agent Yevgeny Limarev published in La Repubblica,[2] Italian left-wing politicians to be discredited included Romano Prodi, Massimo D'Alema and Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio. The commission was closed in 2006 without results.

On 1 December 2006 Mario Scaramella, a contact of former KGB/FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko, tested positive for Polonium-210. Mr Scaramella was involved in an Italian parliamentary inquiry into KGB activity and was sufficiently worried by the contents of an e-mail to ask for advice from Mr Litvinenko. The e-mail said that he, Mr Litvinenko and an Italian senator, Paolo Guzzanti, were possible targets for assassination.[3]

In 2009 Paolo Guzzanti published a book[4] where he stated that Litvinenko told the Mitrokhin Commission about a connection between Romano Prodi and Soviet KGB, post-Soviet FSB.[5] He believed that Litvinenko was killed because of Mitrokhin Commission and that Vladimir Putin had an interest in ruining the commission.

On 2 February 2009 he left People of Freedom and joined Italian liberal party. He was elected deputy secretary on 20 February.


  1. ^ "Mitrokhin, un'arma contro Prodi". L'Unità. 1 December 2006. pp. 1, 3.
  2. ^ Alberto Custodero (2006-11-28). "Mitrokhin, Amato apre un'inchiesta". La Repubblica.
  3. ^ "UK | Pair test positive for polonium". BBC News. 2006-12-01. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Guzzanti, Paolo (2009). Il mio agente Sasha. La Russia di Putin e l'Italia di Berlusconi ai tempi della seconda guerra fredda (in Italian). Aliberti. ISBN 978-88-7424-517-8.
  5. ^ Anastasiya Kirilenko (23 November 2009). " ?" ? ["My agent Sasha" Livtinenko] (in Russian). Radio Liberty. Retrieved . (interview with Paolo Guzzanti)
Italian Senate
Preceded by
Title jointly held

Succeeded by
Title jointly held
Italian Chamber of Deputies
Preceded by
Title jointly held

2008 - 2013
Succeeded by
Luigi Richialli
Party political offices
Preceded by
Salvatore Grillo
Deputy secretary of Italian liberal party
2009 - 2010
Succeeded by
Enrico Musso

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