ER Editor: We haven’t published much on Alexander Navalny, but he became a cause celebre for anti-Russianism a while back. Little known in Russia apparently, he was allegedly poisoned and brought to the ‘west’ for treatment. It seemed to be another Skripal-like case with alleged Russian perpetrators and little actual proof of anything. See this from February 2021:
This was our introduction to that piece:
This all links to the EU Parliament corruption scandal known as Qatargate. Check out the stories there.
Corruption in the European Parliament: the Sakharov Prize in question
According to Le Soir de Bruxelles, Belgian investigators have just opened up a new lead in the case of corruption in the European Parliament: the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought. (ER: We believe this is the link but it’s mostly behind a paywall. Browsers will translate. This link gives us the full version.)
Established in 1988 on the proposal of the Frenchman Jean-François Deniau, the Sakharov Prize, named after a famous Soviet dissident, was radically reformed in 2003. Today it is only awarded to personalities supported by the United States.
It now honors “a particular achievement in one of the following areas:
defense of human rights and fundamental freedoms, in particular the right to freedom of opinion,
protection of minority rights, respect for public international law, development of democracy and establishment of the rule of law.”
Candidates are presented by MEPs, then selected by members of the Foreign Affairs Committee and, finally, chosen by the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament.
The winner receives 50,000 euros.
It appears that in 2021, the candidacies of the Saharawi Sultana Khaya and the Bolivian Jeanine Áñez were rejected in favor of that of the Russian Alexeï Navalny following secret payments to deputies of the Foreign Affairs Committee. If it is clear that Morocco made Sultana Khaya fail, it is not known who caused Jeanine Áñez to be rejected.
It will be observed that if Alexeï Navalny was presented in the West as “the main opponent of dictator Putin”, he did no harm to anyone, except those he defrauded. It could have been worse because the second-placed candidate, President Jeanine Áñez, had just carried out a coup d’etat relying on Croatian Ustashi emigrants [ 1 ] .
[ 1 ] “ Bolivia, laboratory for a new destabilization strategy”, by Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire Network , 26 November 2019.
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