On the website of ILGA-Europe, the Commission-financed fake “civil society” organization pretending to represent the interests of homosexuals in Europe, there is a plaintive notice informing that the Russian Government has decided to impose on a Russia-based “gay rights” lobby rules that apply to “foreign agents”, i.e. to organisations steered and financed from the outside.
It would be interesting to get more precise information. Whatever one thinks of the current Russian Government, it probably is true that the organisation affected by that decision, a group called “Rakurs“, is indeed steered and financed from outside Russia with the purpose of influencing Russian politics. If Rakurs bears any similarity to ILGA-Europe, it probably gets the better part of its financial resources from the European Commission or some other European governmental sources, and the rest from George Soros.
It appears that the Government is by no means intending to close down Rakurs, but merely to subject it’s activities to some kind of monitoring.
In the meantime, there was also considerable excitement in European mass media concerning revelations that the Front National, the right-wing party that came first among all French parties in this year’s elections for the European Parliament, has received a loan of 40 million Euro from a bank with close ties to the Kremlin. There are rumours that the Hungarian right-wing movement “Jobbik” has received similar support. And allegedly, some leftist politicians (like former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder, who is known to be receiving a lavish salary from GAZPROM, or extreme-left parties (like the Party “Die Linke”, the re-named Communist Party from the former GDR) also get money in exchange for defending Russia-friendly positions.
Check book diplomacy? Seen from that perspective, it is not wrong for Russia to monitor the local “gay rights” lobby. On the other hand, Europe could do more to find out about the funding of political parties and pressure groups inside its own borders.