As reported by Censor.NET citing Ekho Moskvy, this was found by the French online investigative journal Mediapart.fr .
It is noted that Vladimir Putin's special representative for relations with Russian organizations abroad Alexander Babakov was an intermediary in this deal. French law enforcers have already initiated pre-trial investigation. The investigating journalists claim that Le Pen's partisan Jean-Luc Schaffhauser masterminded this scheme of Front National funding.
In 2014, he was an intermediary in granting Le Pen's party a loan in the First Czech Russian Bank. His Russian counterpart then was Alexander Babakov, a member of the Russian Federation Council and the president's special representative for relations with Russian organizations abroad. In his emails, Schaffhauser claimed that Le Pen was willing to make a statement on Ukraine situation, but she never made it. The intermediaries reportedly met last March in Geneva to discuss new loans by other Russian banks for the Front National.
The loan in the First Czech Russian Bank was received by the Front National in September 2014. It was sold to a Moscow firm about a year ago, but the Deposit Insurance Agency disputed this deal.
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