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Roberta Metsola has not but recovered from Qatargate and since Thursday the President of the European Parliament has been going through a “Russiagate” of a totally completely different scale, just a few weeks earlier than the European elections. It all began from a concerted motion between Czech and Belgian counter-espionage revealed by the Belgian Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo.

According to his statements, a Russian propaganda community was dismantled this week. “It has, for example, emerged that Russia approached MEPs, but also paid them, to promote Russian propaganda here,” he added throughout a debate within the Belgian National Parliament on the interference overseas.

“Voice of Europe” closed by the Czechs

However, he didn’t title the mentioned MEPs who would come from no less than six nations (France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Belgium and the Netherlands). Roberta Metsola alerted European leaders on the final European Council of the dangers of Russian interference with the European elections. “If names come out, we will see what we can do with our own tools by checking whether the ethical rules in force in Parliament have been respected and will then take sanctions,” says these round him.

READ ALSO The European Parliament, a nest of Russian spies? In the Czech Republic, the authorities closed the Voice of Europe web site accused of finishing up a “Russian influence operation” and positioned its promoter, Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, an ally of Vladimir Putin, on the sanctions record. Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala confirms that “the activity of this group extends beyond the borders of the Czech Republic, it was also active in the European Parliament”. Viktor Medvedchuk disappeared from Ukraine shortly after the Russian assault in February 2022. He was subsequently arrested by Ukrainian intelligence in April 2022 and handed over to Russia in a prisoner change in September 2022.

Russia's supporters within the European Parliament are fairly well-known and make no secret of themselves. They are recruited from the ranks of far-right events, in Germany inside the AfD, together with in France, within the National Rally the place Thierry Mariani has by no means denied his closeness to this nation. They are additionally discovered on the far left, for instance within the ranks of the German social gathering Die Linke.

Last February, the European Parliament was moved by the revelations of a Latvian media, The Insider, regarding a Latvian MEP among the many most pro-Russian. According to The Insider, the Latvian Tatjana Zdanoka could be a correspondent of the FSB with whom she exchanged emails despatched between 2004 and 2017. The “scoop” is simply half of it because the Latvian elected official, who’s a part of the 24% of the Russian minority from the Baltic nation, has displayed his nostalgia for the USSR within the European Parliament for twenty years and relays Russian propaganda with out the slightest reservation.