Which parties will receive the 300 million dollars that Russia allegedly paid to increase its influence? – Freedom

The US administration opened an estimate on Tuesday (September 13th) according to Russia to pay several hundred million dollars to some political parties in some countries since 2014, with the aim to increase his influence and influence the polls.

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You asked us about declassified information from American intelligence, which was sent to the American press on Tuesday September 13 by an administration official (whose identity remains unknown), according to which Russia is secretly paying more of 300 million of foreign political parties and candidates. in about 20 countries since 2014, in an effort to gain influence. According to this information, the spokesman of the Department of State Ned Price confirmed, Russia plans to transfer “at least hundreds of millions more dollars” parties close to Moscow. Your question concerns the recipients of these payments.

Indeed, the announcement of this declassified estimate caused an immediate reaction, generating speculation and more or less veiled accusations. In the European Parliament, the Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt spoke about it on Wednesday 14 September. Reacting to the attacks of the MEP and acting president of the National Rally, Jordan Bardella, who criticized the energy policy led by Europe, the parliamentarian of the Renew Europe group launched: “I do not know what is on the list of the Americans. I would not be surprised if the name of Madame Le Pen and the National Rally are on the list of the Americans, paid for by the Russians.

In Italy, where the general election will be held on September 25 and where the alliance between the right and the extreme right has been given victory, the leader of the center-left Democratic Party (PD) published a tweet indicating that “in not yet on September 25, Italian voters have the right to know if any of the parties’ ballot papers are funded by Putin”. Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the far-right Fratelli d’Italia party tipped for the position of future Prime Minister, as well as the ex-Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini (the Lega) reacted by denying receiving Russian money, Reuters reports. Adolfo Urso, deputy for Fratelli d’Italia and president of the parliamentary committee for the security of the Italian Republic, also went in his denial to Rai: “At the moment, there is no news about our country in this file”.

There is no complete list of targeted countries

Currently, no complete list of countries or parties involved has been presented by the US administration, or leaked to the press. No one in the American media mentioned the excerpts from the document, such as New York Times or ABC News, does not present the full names of the targeted countries. The only State cited by an unknown source is presented as “close to this rating” are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and Madagascar, reports AFP and AP.

Asked Thursday, September 15 by a reporter about Russia’s influence in the Balkan countries, State Department spokesman Ned Price gave an ambiguous answer: “I don’t have any specific information to offer, and that’s completely intentional. We’ve done the criticism process that we’ve done […] in an effort to emphasize the universal or near-universal threat that countries around the world face from the possibility, and in some cases the actual possibility, of Russian interference in their sovereign affairs in politics. […] Our concern about Russian activity is certainly not country or region specific, but rather global in nature. And so we want to focus on this topic. ” If the list of beneficiaries should not be made public, Ned Price stated that his administration will warn partner countries targeted by this form of interference.

The key figure of the National Front in the Russian loan is mentioned

In his article, the New York Times determines that “The document names two men, Yevgueny Prigojine and Alexandre Babakov, both close associates of Mr. Putin, who were involved in influence or interference campaigns”. In France, the name of Alexandre Babakov appears in surveys published by Mediapart in 2014 and 2017 regarding the financing of the National Front by Russian banks. According to the French investigative site, this adviser to Vladimir Putin in charge of cooperation with Russian organizations abroad met with Marine Le Pen and helped her to contact three Russian banks that allowed the party more right to get loans of more than 9 million. , then 3 million euros in 2014 and 2016. Support emails, Mediapart Emphasizes the influence of Russian advocates linked to Alexandre Babakov, who indirectly sent elements of the language to Marine Le Pen. When these investigations were aired, Marine Le Pen responded to accusations of collusion with Russia in 2014, resenting the need to go and ask for loans abroad: “What is scandalous is that the French banks do not lend!” He judges “horrible and sickening” the insults of a service provided by the Kremlin.

During the second round of the presidential election debate, on April 20, 2022, Emmanuel Macron attacked the far-right candidate on this topic, telling him: “You are one of the first to recognize the annexation of Crimea. Why did you do this? I say this very seriously, because you depend on the power of Russia and the power of Mr. Putin”, which he later called the “banker” by Marine Le Pen. He answered him: “I am a completely and totally free woman”repeat: “If I am forced to go abroad to take a loan, because no French bank wants to give me a loan.”

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