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Déjà vu all over again! Actually it’s Russia’s old western front, as the National Front’s Marine Le Pen’s love for Putin is close to legendary, and she has admitted that her party has taken huge loans from a Russian bank in the past. The US is Russia’s new western front. Trump’s lifting of information technology sanctions against Russia’s FSB, which had been in place since April 2014, may have facilitated this hacking.
Putin Goose-step not in sync C-Span 1 Dec, 2016
Goose-step not in sync as Putin arrives to speak – 1 Dec. 2016

From http://www.rferl.org:
The Daily Vertical: Russia’s New Western Front (Transcript)

Well, here we go again.

The campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has accused Russia of “hundreds, if not thousands of hacking attacks” against it.

The campaign has also denounced what it called Moscow’s attempts to smear Macron with fake news.

Hmm. Seems we’ve seen this movie before.

Now why the Kremlin would target Macron is, of course, pretty damn obvious.
Unlike Moscow’s Euroskeptic darling, National Front leader Marine Le Pen, Macron supports a strong and united Europe.

And Macron also takes a much sterner line on Russia than another Kremlin favorite, conservative candidate Francois Fillon — who has called for lifting sanctions.

France is the next big showdown in the new Cold War of ideas between Western liberalism and Moscow-backed illiberalism.

And since Macron has become the French standard-bearer for liberalism — and since his candidacy is on the rise — he is going to be in the Kremlin’s crosshairs.

But while we may have seen this movie before, it doesn’t necessarily mean the ending will be the same.

Because this time around — in the French presidential elections this spring and in the German parliamentary elections in the fall — everybody is on to Moscow’s game of using Western democracy as a weapon against Western democracy.

Moscow is not only seeking to upend the post-Cold War international order.
It’s not just seeking to divide and weaken the European Union, NATO, and the transatlantic bond.

Ultimately, with its attacks on Western liberalism, the Kremlin is mounting an asymmetrical assault on the Enlightenment itself.

And it is eyeing France — and later Germany — as the next key battles in that war.” The Power Vertical, Copyright (c) 2017. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036. http://www.rferl.org/a/daily-vertical-macron-france-russia-new-front-information-war/28308762.html (RFERL is a partial antidote to RT news).

According to the French media, party leaders had frequent contact with Russian ambassador Alexander Orlov and Marine Le Pen made multiple trips to Moscow… In November 2014, Marine Le Pen confirmed that the party had received a €9 million loan from the First Czech Russian Bank (FCRB) in Moscow to the National Front. Senior FN officials from the party’s political bureau informed Mediapart that this was the first installment of a €40 million loan, although Marine Le Pen has disputed this… Marine Le Pen argued that it was not a donation from the Russian government but a loan from a private Russian bank because no other bank would give her a loan…. Since November 2014, she insists that if a French bank agrees to give her a loan, she would break her contract with the FCBR, but she has not received any other counter-propositions… In April 2015, a Russian hacker group published texts and emails between Timur Prokopenko, a member of Putin’s administration, and Konstantin Rykov, a former Duma deputy with ties to France, discussing Russian financial support to the National Front in exchange for its support of Russia’s annexation of Crimea.” Read much more and see references here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Front_(France)
(Where is Ivanka Trump’s mother from? The Czech Republic.)

ExxonMobil (former CEO, Rex Tillerson is now US Sec. of State) and Konstantin Malofeev’s “Marshall Capital Partners” share, or at least shared, a floor in the same building, as seen in this video re French National Front (Le Pen) ties to Russia, where we see Marine Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie Le Pen ride to the building below. Watch between 12.30 and 13 min: http://youtu.be/vVyQg9Db6SY You can see the Marshall Capital Partners address below and ExxonMobil address online or on Google maps. The addresses and that they are on the same floor is found online.

Malofeev apparently acted as Kremlin’s agent in financing separatists in Eastern Ukraine.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstantin_Malofeev
31 Novinsky Bld Moscow (ExxonMobil and Marshall Capital Partners
31 Novinsky Blvd. Moscow Russia, home to ExxonMobil and Marshall Capital Partners

Thus, he has been sanctioned by the US and EU:
MALOFEYEV, Konstantin (a.k.a. MALOFEEV, Konstantin Valerevich; a.k.a. MALOFEEV, Konstantin Valerievich); DOB 03 Jul 1974; POB Pushchino, Moscow, Russia; Managing Partner of Marshall Capital Partners (individual) [UKRAINE-EO13660] (Linked To: MARSHALL CAPITAL PARTNERS).
Marshall Capital Partners
31 Novinsky boulevard, Moscow, Russia 123242.
“Konstantin Valerevich MALOFEEV
Константин Валерьевич Малофеев
Born on 3.7.1974 in Puschino
Mr Malofeev is closely linked to Ukrainian separatists in Eastern Ulkraine and Crimea. He is a former employer of Mr Borodai, so-called Prime Minister of the so-called ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ and met with Mr Aksyonov, so-called Prime Minister of the so-called ‘Republic of Crimea’, during the period of the Crimean annexation process. The Ukrainian Government has opened a criminal investigation into his alleged material and financial support to separatists.

In addition, he gave a number of public statements supporting the annexation of Crimea and the incorporation of Ukraine into Russia and notably stated in June 2014 that ‘You can’t incorporate the whole of Ukraine into Russia. The East (of Ukraine) maybe’. Therefore Mr. Malofeev is acting in support of the destabilisation of Eastern Ukraine.http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=CELEX%3A32014R0826

More details in French: https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/210216/les-casseroles-de-konstantin-malofeev-oligarque-russe-soutien-du-front-national

Top photo is screenshot from: https://www.c-span.org/video/?419311-1/russian-state-nation-address