Dutch media is reporting that the Dutch parliament has announced it wants the Court of Audit to investigate Russian financing of Dutch political parties and politicians. According to a NOS report:
February 28, 2022 A large majority in the House of Representatives wants an investigation into the financing of Dutch political parties and politicians by Russia. That is one of the outcomes of the debate on the war in Ukraine. The parties want the Court of Audit to investigate in the short term whether and, if so, how political parties, politicians and interest groups are financed “with money from the Russian Federation or with money from Russian (legal) persons”. The motion of party leader Klaver of GroenLinks is supported by all factions in the House of Representatives, except the PVV. [Translated with Google Translate]
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The report notes that the far-right Party for Freedom (PVV), founded and led by notorious anti-Islam activist Geert Wilders, voted against the parliamentary motion. PVV MPs also remained seated when the Ukrainian ambassador visited the House of Representatives while other MPs greeted the diplomat.
In August, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported that far-right European parliamentarians are often acting as agents of Russian influence in Brussels.
Last May, we reported that a Russian linked To President Putin tried to donate over 250,000 Euros to Splinter, a newly-founded political party in the Netherlands that describes itself as “green, progressive, liberal, and social democratic.”
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