I’m beginning to warm to this Putin fellow. Russia allegedly funding Europe’s entire dissident right.
Marine Le Pen has admitted that her [far far far far far] far-right Front National accepted money from a Russian bank, amid growing evidence that the Kremlin is backing [pro-European people] anti-European parties across the continent.
Le Pen said that her party had received a loan of €9 million (£7 million) in September from the Russian-owned First Czech-Russian Bank, but insisted that the money would have no impact on her policies.
“We signed with the First bank who agreed and we’re very happy about it,” she said. But it is “ridiculous to suggest that gaining a loan would determine our international position,” she insisted. “These insinuations are outrageous and offensive.”
According to recent opinion polls, the National Front is now France’s most popular party.
Russian loans have also been extended to Greece’s [nazi nazi nazi nazi] neofascist Golden Dawn party, Belgium’s [extremist] Vlaams Belang, Italy’s Northern League [of bigots], Hungary’s Jobbik [haters] and the [intolerant] Freedom Party of Austria, The Times reports. All of these parties except Golden Dawn were invited to observe Crimea’s vote on joining Russia and all offered their support for the annexation of the south-eastern Ukrainian region.
The loans to the National Front from the Russian-owned bank occurred amid “growing evidence of a secret Kremlin campaign to buy influence in European politics,” The Times says.
French politician Bruno Le Maire, a former cabinet minister who is running for the leadership of the centre-right Union for a Popular Movement, said that it was inconceivable that the loans would have no impact on Le Pen’s attitude to Russia: “You are always under obligation to your creditor,” he said.
France’s National Front has “long struggled to raise the cash needed to match its political ambitions,” France 24 reports. The party’s treasurer Wallerand de Saint-Just said that the loans would be used to finance campaigning expenses in the lead up to the French national elections in 2017, for which the party would need approximately “30 to 40 million euros”.
Last month, Vincent Jauvert claimed in the French weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur that National Front leaders had been in regular communication with the Russian ambassador in Paris, Alexander Orlov.
“The Kremlin has been betting on the National Front,” Jauvert said. “It considers the party able to take power in France and potentially reverse the course of European history in favour of Moscow”.
A separate piece elaborates on Front National’s difficulty finding financing.
Front National, which has surged in the polls, with leader Marine Le Pen now a serious contender for president, explained they took out the loan from a bank owned by Kremlin ally Roman Popov, because the party were denied a loan from European lenders.
“What is scandalous is that French banks aren’t lending,” Le Pen told French daily newspaper Le Monde. “We asked everyone for a loan, lenders from Spain, Italy, the US, Asia and Russia,” Le Pen added.
The party has been vocal in advocating pro-Russian policies in France, with Le Pen famously proposing the abolition of the EU creation of a ‘pan-European’ union to include Russia, but not Turkey, during her presidential candidate speech in Paris in 2011. She has also criticised the suspension of a deal to deliver French-built warships to Russia over the Ukraine crisis.
If any pro-corporate conservatives have stumbled in, let that digest for a moment. No French banks would lend to the most popular party in France. Global big business is not your friend, it is not your ally. It is a means of turning nations into feedlots.
Though returning to Russia’s sponsorship of the European right, it’s unclear whether this results from affinity or strategy. Perhaps Putin sympathizes with the efforts of his continental kin and is viewing the world through a wider lens than that limited to mere borders and flags. He may be acting in the strategic interests of a people; this rendering him conceivably as modernity’s Martel. Though the bitter laments of Russian nationalists would tend to belie that titillating possibility.
More likely is that he sees European nationalists and anti-EU organizations as a tantalizing wedge to drive against the plainly intended NATO encirclement of his country. I’ve often considered whether powerful foreign actors might eventually provide substantial back-office support for American or Euro dissident movements who are treated with equal belligerence by their own hostile governments. Whether Putin and Le Pen share congruent political ideologies is less important at the moment than the fact that they share implacable enemies: the globalist left and the neo-cons…though I suppose the conjunction is fairly superfluous there.
Equally interesting is the tendency of those who choose poorly to persist in the inclination. I’m thinking of the radical jihadis like those populating ISIS. Colonizing elements of these groups in the West have offered conspicuous support to Ferguson’s Black Entropy Movement.
ISIS supports Ferguson protesters: Islamic militants pledge to send over “soldiers that don’t sleep, whose drink is blood, and their play is carnage”
* ISIS fighters in Syria post tweets declaring support for Ferguson rioters
* Urge protesters to embrace Islam and carry out acts of extreme violence
* Uploaded hand-written note vowing to send militants to the Missouri city
* Said rioters must first declare their allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Obviously the ululators are attempting to reap recruits from the discord and dolts that consistently emerge in rich abundance from American diversity. And I’m sure some harvest is forthcoming. Though strategically I can’t help thinking they’ve lashed themselves to the anchor here. These are precisely the sort of optics that make John McCain’s eyes roll backward in ecstasy while necessitating a change of his depends undergarments. For ISIS ❤️ Ferguson is the sort of image that sends white conservatives fleeing into the comforting arms of Mr. Neeyoh Kahn. This ultimately resulting in $billions$ of laser-guided munitions landing on many towel-wrapped heads in the sandbox. Not to mention unquestioning US allegiance/obedience to a certain neighboring ethnic nation-state. Neither of which seem like strategically sound results from the Allahu Akbar point of view. Though ideally, the eternal Byzantine conflicts of that entire area would be wholly outside the sphere of my nation’s concerns.
And so we have former Soviets subsidizing European self-determination, and former future astronauts being courted from 6,000 miles away by 12th century fanatics on 21st century gewgaws. It’s a far far far mad world.