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The National Front (FN) borrowed € 9 million from a Russian bank, revealed Mediapart on Saturday 22 November. "No bank wants to give us one penny" explained Wallerand de Saint-Just, the extreme right party treasurer after these revelations from France Info ...
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It was the MEP Jean-Luc Schaffhauser, former consultant for Dassault Aviation, who served as an intermediary with the bank and allowed the agreement to be reached. According to Mediapart, this loan is indicative of the extent of the network that the far-right party is developing with Russia.
The list of observers included Béla Kovács from the Hungarian far-right Jobbik Party, noted for its anti-Semitic and homophobic views; far-right Spanish politician Enrique Ravello; three representatives of the Flemish right-wing party Vlaams Belang; as well as Belgian activist Luc Michel, who began in a neo-Nazi party and now espouses National Bolshevism.
Golden Dawn is a neo-Nazi party that has risen from a marginal role in Greek politics to become the third-largest political force in Greece in the wake of the 2008-09 global financial crisis and the subsequent implementation of severe austerity measures in Greece. Golden Dawn does not limit its extremism to rhetoric, however—party members have been involved in hundreds of acts of violence against immigrants and leftists across Greece. Currently, the Greek government is cracking down on Golden Dawn by using criminal investigations and prosecutions of key party leaders to curtail the party’s activities and funding....
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Public funding originally constituted an important source of financing for Golden Dawn. For example in 2013, 873,000 euros in Greek state funding had been allocated to the party. However, following a vote in parliament in October 2013, state funding for Golden Dawn was cut off due to the ongoing investigation by state prosecutors as to whether Golden Dawn is a criminal organization. 27
Golden Dawn has declined to shed light on its funding sources, stating simply that it is funded by supporters. 28 Journalist Dimitris Psarras alleges that Golden Dawn has received financial support from like-minded groups in Europe and Russia.
The fact that the first foreign official Mr Tsipras invited to the Maximos Mansion in Athens on Monday was Andrey Maslov, Russia’s ambassador, speaks to their [European leaders'--DJW001] concerns...
Other members of Greece’s new government harbour similar views. Nikos Kotzias, the foreign minister, and Panos Kammenos, defence minister, have both been cultivated by figures close to Russian president Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.
Mr Kotzias — a former Piraeus university professor — has espoused increasingly nationalist positions, developing a relationship with Alexander Dugin, the Russian nationalist philosopher, during several visits to Moscow, according to a colleague who declined to be identified.
Mr Dugin, who is close to several figures in the Moscow security establishment and last August called for a “genocide” of Ukrainians, was invited by Mr Kotzias to speak at an event in the Piraeus campus in 2013, where he extolled the role of Orthodox Christianity in uniting Greeks and Russians.
originally posted by: noeltrotsky
originally posted by: grandmakdw
Excellent point. From the Russian point of view, Ukraine is the equivalent of a state in the US.
Well this Russian 'point of view' is wrong. Ukraine is a fully independent country.
Your policy of MYOB clearly doesn't work by the way. You might want to pull your head out of the sand one day. Or not.
What business does the US have in interfering in the Russia/Ukraine dispute. None, nothing, nada.
There is no US interest involved and it is really none of the US business.
The surrounding states and former soviet union independent countries, it is their business.
It is in no way the business of the US.
My head is not in the sand, I just don't think US should behave as an imperialist / police the world state.
It should MYOB and let the people involved work it out themselves and not try and tell anyone else what the US thinks is the "right thing to do".
There are always two sides to every issue, in this case it is my wide awake opinion that the US should not get involved in business across the pond that doesn't affect the US directly.