February 21, 2024

Comrade Razzi: an eccentric Italian politician’s unusual love for North Korea

The selfie-loving former senator has forged close ties with the "beautiful" DPRK

In 2014, North Korea welcomed a pair of unusual guests. The Italian politicians Matteo Salvini and Antonio Razzi spent five days touring the country, exploring the streets of Pyongyang and taking photos with local people.

One highlight shows Salvini shaking the hand of Pak Doo Ik, one of the soccer players that famously knocked Italy out of the 1966 World Cup. Another has Razzi ambling past a Korean War memorial, its bronze soldiers darting forward to victory.