what we know about the searches at the European Parliament

what we know about the searches at the European Parliament
what we know about the searches at the European Parliament
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KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP The shadow of Moscow has been hanging over the European Parliament for several months, the victim of a network of Russian influence seeking to propagate Kremlin propaganda on the war in Ukraine.

KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP

The shadow of Moscow has been hanging over the European Parliament for several months, the victim of a network of Russian influence seeking to propagate Kremlin propaganda on the war in Ukraine.

INTERNATIONAL – New black clouds above Brussels and Strasbourg. After the opening of an investigation in April into the identification of a network of influence and corruption financed by Moscow in the European Parliament, searches took place this Wednesday, May 29, a few days before the European elections.

According to initial information provided by the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office, three locations were searched and allegedly concern a former parliamentary assistant to a German MEP from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. Here is what we know about this new twist in this vast affair, already nicknamed “ Voice of Europe” or “Russiagate”.

· A partner “ of the European Parliament

His identity has not been officially confirmed, but according to a Source close to the case at AFP, the man targeted by these searches is named Guillaume Pradoura. He is best known for having been the former parliamentary assistant to German MEP and head of the list of the far-right AfD party Maximilian Krah.

Today, we find it on the list of “ accredited parliamentary assistants » by Dutch MEP Marcel de Graaff. An MEP, member of the Forum for Democracy, a Dutch Eurosceptic and conservative party.

In 2019, Provence presented Guillaume Pradoura as a Marseillais in his thirties, a member of the French extreme right, to the point of having been a parliamentary assistant to number 2 of the National Rally at the time, Nicolas Bay, today vice-president executive of Reconquest.

And as also told The world the same year, Guillaume Pradoura was excluded from the RN before the last European election. In question ? The unearthing of an anti-Semitic photograph on social networks. Which did not prevent him from bouncing back to the side of the German extreme right, with Maximilian Krah.

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· Three search locations

In a press release, the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office indicated this Wednesday that “there are indications that the European Parliament employee in question played an important role” in this vast affair, where several “ members of the European Parliament are suspected of having been approached and paid to promote Russian propaganda.

For this reason, three places were searched by the federal judicial police in Brussels. On the orders of an investigating judge from the Dutch-speaking court in Brussels, the police therefore carried out searches of the “ home of a European Parliament employee in Schaerbeek (a municipality in Brussels) as well as at his office at the European Parliament in Brussels.

At the same time, in France, “ a search was also carried out, at the request of the Belgian investigating judge, in the office of this collaborator at the European Parliament in Strasbourg”specifies the prosecution, evoking the“close collaboration with Eurojust and the French judicial authorities”.

· Pro-Russian propaganda on Ukraine

Unveiled at the end of March by the Czech intelligence services, this discovery at the heart of the European Parliament quickly allowed the opening of an investigation into this network of influence led by Moscow.

Which involves several serious charges against the members of the European Parliament potentially concerned. The Belgian prosecutor’s office indicates in this respect that these searches carried out this Wednesday “are part of a case of interference, passive corruption and membership in a criminal organization”.

Clearly, members of the European Parliament were allegedly approached and paid to promote Russian propaganda on the war in Ukraine thanks to the “ information website » Voice of Europe. A promising site “covering news and politics in Europe and beyond”.

Quickly, the suspicions of many members of Parliament were directed towards members of the European extreme right. Macronist MEP (Renew Europe) Nathalie Loiseau targeted those on the far right even more precisely “German and French” on -.

Since these revelations, the site suspected of relaying false information from the Kremlin has been placed on an EU sanctions list and banned from dissemination. Two businessmen linked to the site (Viktor Medvedchuk and Artem Marchevskyi) were also sanctioned by Brussels for “ disinformation “.

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