Crimea on the Agenda

For decades, Russian intelligence agencies have been investing huge amounts of money in European radical political movements, using them for their own purposes.

Since 2014, the main tasks of such puppets of the Kremlin have been attributed to counteracting NATO activities, obstructing Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration, as well as illegal attempts to “recognize the Russian Crimea”.

In France, such a political force, at least since 2012, has become the far-right “National Front”, whose financing by Russians has been fixed since at least 2014.

At the same time, large-scale investments, as well as attempts to “distance” from the outright Nazism of the founder of the party, Jean-Marie Le Pen, did not help the “front”, later renamed the “National Rally”, to get a significant role in parliament or at the local level.

At the same time, the current “Rally’s” leader, Marine Le Pen has already become the “traditional” “second number” in the presidential elections in France. In the current election race ending on April 25, Le Pen’s runoff lead to a call for most other candidates, as well as parliamentary parties, to vote for Le Pen’s rival, President Macron.

Le Pen’s electoral campaign is built on consistent populist rhetoric, in which, “oddly enough”, there is room for a number of statements about allegedly “Russian Crimea”.

It is clear that this question does not apply to French voters, but to Moscow sponsors, and that even the most optimistic “friends of Le Pen” in the Kremlin do not bet on her victory.

Russia’s calculation is simple – the maximum discredit and weakening of President Macron both before the vote and after, in particular, by organizing mass riots.

This, according to the calculation of the Russian special services, will maximally distract France from the main thing for the Kremlin at the moment – aggression against Ukraine. In this context, the statement of Le Pen’s fellow party member, Thierry Mariani, circulated by Russian propaganda, that “the fate of the elections will be decided by the debate on April 20”, is noteworthy.

Mr. Mariani, as a member of the European Parliament, is known as the most consistent “friend of Russia”. He apparently took part not only in periodic visits to the occupied Crimea paid for by the Russian invaders, but also in Le Pen’s embezzlement of EU funds, a scandal about which France is now shaking. Our Association and other experts have repeatedly covered the details of Moriani’s illegal visits to Crimea and his possible links with the international mafia in the field of child trafficking and pedophilia.

Mariani’s statement obviously became the announcement of the maximum “working out” of the Kremlin fees by Le Pen, since it is obvious that in the future her political life will be nearing completion. Obviously, Le Pen’s task will be both to disclose “finally” some unflattering information accumulated by the Russian special services and to publicly receive from the future President Macron a certain conciliatory position both on Crimea and on Russian aggression in general.

STOPHE VERHAEGEN / AFP)