[Marxism] Fwd: Leaked Messages Allegedly Show Kremlin Paid for Le Pen to Endorse Crimea Annexation | VICE News

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Apr 6 06:19:31 MDT 2015

The Russian hacking collective Anonymous International has leaked close 
to 40,000 text messages allegedly sent and received by a high-ranking 
Russian official that reference a potential financing deal between 
Russia and France's far-right National Front (FN) party in exchange for 
FN leader Marine Le Pen's public endorsement of Russia's annexation of 
Crimea in March 2014.

The online French investigative journal Mediapart published the hacked 
text messages, which allegedly belong to Timur Prokopenko, head of 
Russia's internal affairs department.

Last November, reports surfaced that the FN had secured a loan worth 
9.46 million euros ($10.40 million) from Moscow's First Czech-Russian 
Bank (FCRB), adding to an earlier 2 million euro ($2.20 million) loan 
from Russia to FN-linked group Cotelec, which is run by Marine's father, 
FN founder Jean-Marie Le Pen. Cyprus-based Vernonsia Holdings Ltd, a 
company allegedly owned by a former member of the KGB, reportedly 
underwrote the loan to Cotelec.

Marine Le Pen has denied any link between the loans and the party's 
position on Crimea, arguing that her party turned to Russia after it was 
shunned by French banks. French and European banks are notoriously timid 
about lending the FN money, and the anti-immigration political group 
found itself on the verge of bankruptcy in 2010.

Last March, Le Pen publicly recognized the results of Crimea's 
referendum to break from Ukraine and formally join the Russian 
Federation. Le Pen's stance was at odds with the common position held by 
France and other Western countries, including the United States, which 
viewed the referendum as "unlawful."

The same day that Le Pen vocalized her support of the referendum, 
Prokopenko allegedly sent text messages to Konstantin Rykov, a pro-Putin 
blogger also known as "Kostya," who, according to the hackers, had 
access to Le Pen.

In the messages, the two men applaud Le Pen's endorsement, saying that 
the party leader "has not betrayed our expectations." The two men agreed 
to "find a way of thanking the French."


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