Group that organized webinars where Manitoba education minister spoke has ties to Russian ‘oligarch’

Even as intelligence agencies from around the world are raising flags about Russian interference in Western democracies, Manitoba’s education minister spoke at home-schooling teleconferences last spring organized by a group whose board includes an associate of a wealthy Russian who has been the subject of sanctions by the U.S. and Canada.

Russian national Alexey Komov sits on the board of Global Home Education Exchange (GHEX), the international home-school advocacy group that hosted two webinars attended by Manitoba Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen.

Komov is better known for his work with Konstantin Malofeev, a Vladimir Putin ally and pro-family advocate who has been sanctioned by Canada and the U.S. for funding Russian aggression in Ukraine. 

GHEX says it invited almost every Canadian education minister, but Goertzen was the only one who took part.

“I’m a little bit surprised that the minister would have been involved,” said Marcus Kolga, a senior fellow with

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