Faced with criticism denouncing Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s previous knowledge of Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy, the LFI reiterated for weeks that the rebel candidate had never backed the Russian president, and that the rebels’ political affiliations had always shifted more. to his opponents. On RTL or on France Info, MP Adrien Quatennens has confirmed in recent days: “Jean-Luc Melenchon’s friends in Russia, those with whom we are taking part in our meetings today, are on the anti-war front and for this reason alone are at risk of imprisonment for fifteen years.” He stressed that the pictures that Marine Le Pen took with Vladimir Putin relieved him of the blame.
Alexei Sakhnin, the Russian anti-war reference to the rebels
These Russian friendships expressed on the rebel pulpit and hinted at by the Kwatenins are currently summed up in Alexei Sakhnin’s character, introduced on Twitter by Jean-Luc Melenchon as “Russian activist and member of the Socialists’ Anti-War Alliance”. He spoke on March 6, during the Rally for Peace, where the Speaker of the Parliament of the People’s Union, Aurelie Truffaut, introduced him as One of the founders of the Russian Left Front.
In a short video clip filmed on March 3, this Russian who was exiled in Sweden before returning to his country denounces “A criminal of war” Vladimir Putin “Who gave the order to the Russian soldiers and officers to die and to kill our Ukrainian brothers and sisters”. The political opponent also emphasizes the harmful effects of this conflict on the people and on Russian democracy, as “Just calling this war a ‘war’ could put me in prison for fifteen years.”
Sergei Udaltsov, the former Russian “friend” turned pro-war
Before Alexei Sakhnin recently became the Russian reference for the rebels (even if he had intervened in 2019 in the summer Amphis of the movement), Jean-Luc Melenchon used to introduce another member of the Russian Left Front as his “friend”. Whether it was a few days before the war, February 20 2022 During an interview with the Parliament of the Union of the People (his video has disappeared) on February 10, 2022 on the set of the France 2 program. Elysee 2022, Or even on his 2017 campaign FAQ site, Jean-Luc Melenchon liked to remind anyone who accused him of dating Vladimir Putin, that “Friend in Russia [était] Sergei Udaltsov, leader of the Left Front, who was imprisoned for four and a half years for fighting against politics. Putin’s government.
Under house arrest and then imprisoned for organizing major anti-Putin demonstrations during the winter of 2011-2012, Sergey Udaltsov received the support of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who called for his release in 2017. May 8, 2018, during a visit to Moscow. In a video recounting his journey, Jean-Luc Melenchon explained itWith Udaltsov, [son] goal [était] To establish normal relations with the Russians. He saw that there is a “twinning” with his party that has a program “On the line of work very close to [celle des insoumis] : Ecology, social conquest, collective organization of the people ».
The war in Ukraine broke this rapprochement. After noticing it Renewed relations with the Russian opposition [leur] reveal a painful image”Jean-Luc Melenchon announced on his personal blog on March 3, 2022: “We just broke up politically with Sergei Udaltsov because he talked about the war.” And so the ex-boyfriend was rejected in favor of Alexei Sakhnin, “The minority that remained faithful to the common ideal”in which Jean-Luc Melenchon mentions the many actions carried out within the Russian Left Front.
The break with Sergei Udaltsov is accompanied by a translation of a letter from Alexei Sakhnin, in which the Russian activist explains that he left the Russian Left Front, of which he was one of the first executives: The Left Front Council adopted by majority a resolution on what is happening in Ukraine. Despite all the rhetoric, this decision signifies support for this criminal war. The alternative resolution that you proposed, unequivocally condemning the imperialist policy of the Russian power, received only 20% of the vote. After that, I can no longer remain a member of the Left Front.”
In a column published on March 31, 2022 on the Russian news site Svobodnaya PressaSergey Udaltsov continues to defend “special operations”, a metaphor for talking about the war in Ukraine. He even wants it on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the USSR, which will take place on December 30, 2022, several countries, including Russia, Belarus and Demilitarized Ukraine (or part of it) They can meet in one “Soviet superstructure”who will admit Progressive values of humanity, social justice and fraternal friendship among peoples. In 2017, Sergei Udaltsov was considered by this same nostalgia for the Soviet Union “The absorption of the Crimea [en 2014] As a modest but important step towards the rebirth of the union [soviétique] Renewed”.
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