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Day 893: July 29, 2016
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The Interpreter
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Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Delegation Of French MPs Arrives In Occupied Crimea
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A delegation of French MPs, most of them members of the center-right opposition party, Les Républicains (LR), has arrived in Russian-occupied Crimea.

Several members of the group, including Républicain Thierry Mariani and Senator Yves Pozzo di Borgo of the Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI), have already visited the occupied Ukrainian peninsula. 

Both these politicians have pushed for rapprochement with Russia, co-authoring non-bind resolutions calling for the lifting of sanctions that were passed earlier this year by both the Senate and National Assembly.


The other members of the delegation are as follows:

Jean-Claude Bouchet MP (LR)

Senator René Danesi (LR)

Nicolas Dhuicq MP (LR)

Sauveur Gandolfi-Scheit MP (LR)

Jérôme Lambert MP (RRDP)

Jacques Myard MP (LR)

Jean-Luc Reitzer MP (LR)

Michel Terror MP (LR)

Patrice Verchere MP (LR)

Michel Voisin MP (LR) 

Leonid Slutsky, an MP with Russia's ill-named Liberal Democratic Party and Chair of the Duma Commission on CIS Affairs, posted photos of the group on his Facebook page, showing them posing with a statue of a Russian paratrooper.

The monument commemorates the seizure of the peninsula by Russian special forces at the end of February in 2014.  

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The group was invited by Slutsky earlier this month to come and attend Navy Day in occupied Sevastopol on Sunday.

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Front National, also received an invitation from retired Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov.

It remains to be seen whether Le Pen will turn up. If she does, it will be an embarrassment for Les Républicains, for whom any association with the far-right could be toxic.

The leader of the Les Républicains, former President Nicolas Sarkozy, made his sympathies towards Russia clear earlier this summer: 

In October, The Interpreter's editor-in-chief Michael Weiss debated Jacques Myard on France 24. In the conversation about Russia's air campaign in Syria which had just been launched 48 hours earlier, Myard echoed lies and disinformation spread by the Russian and Syrian governments, claims that were debunked by The Interpreter and Weiss in his work with The Daily Beast. 

The discussion was quite heated. The first part of that discussion can be watched here: 

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Putin's Syria gambit (part 1) - France 24

THE DEBATE Latest update : 2015-10-01 By François PICARD Michael WEISS Co-author of "ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror" Jacques MYARD French MP, Les Républicains party Benjamin HADDAD Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute, Washington Joachim BITTERLICH Former German ambassador to NATO

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Jul 29, 2016 22:01 (GMT)
The second part can be watched here: 
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Putin's Syria gambit (part 2) - France 24

THE DEBATE Latest update : 2015-10-01 By François PICARD Michael WEISS Co-author of "ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror" Jacques MYARD French MP, Les Républicains party Benjamin HADDAD Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute, Washington Joachim BITTERLICH Former German ambassador to NATO

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Jul 29, 2016 22:03 (GMT)
-- Pierre Vaux