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MEPs from the main groups in the European Parliament have raised the alarm over illicit Russian money in Europe and its use to influence European politics.
They said in a letter to EU foreign relations chief Federica Mogherini that “over $200 million of illicit proceeds” from a Russian tax fraud “was laundered through Europe” and that “there is information that shows that the money has been used to influence European politics, media, and civil society to prevent consequences for Russian human rights violators”.
They also said the $200 million was “just the tip of the iceberg” and that the same group behind that fraud “is linked to similar crimes worth over $1 billion”.
The tax fraud was first uncovered by Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian auditor who later died in prison in 2009.
The MEPs’ warning comes ahead of elections next year in France and Germany, where anti-EU parties, such as the National Front in France and the AfD in Germany, both of which stand accused of secretly receiving Russian funds, aim to run for power.
British and German spy chiefs have warned that Russia was trying to sway the outcome of EU votes the same way that it did the US elections.
originally posted by: Dwoodward85
If this is real and Russia is doing this, which we all know they're not, my vote is up for sale.