The season of political tourism

19 March, the Russian government annexed the Crimea said that on the Peninsula with a three-day visit to the group of 20 foreign politicians. Among them — the Deputy of the Serbian Parliament Milovan Bojic acting for the lifting of sanctions against Russia, member of the Presidium of the Serbian radical party Alexander Seselj, the Serbian political scientist Srdja Trifkovic, formerly watching so-called elections in the group “DNR”, the representative of the Independence party of great Britain Nigel Sussman and others. On 20 March, the security Service of Ukraine has imposed sanctions against one Czech and four Serbian deputies for illegally crossing the border.

Columnist of the Ukrainian edition of “true European” Natalia Ishchenko noted that the European parliamentarians in the Crimea does not lead a great love for Russia or its financial support:

— Contrary to popular Ukraine opinion, Crimea visit not only extremely “right-wing” politicians and radicals. This time, the Peninsula was visited by the leaders of several popular Serbian parties, including parliamentary and presidential candidates, leading election campaign. Serbia officially considers Crimea was annexed, but these policies consistently defend their position that Kosovo is Serbia and Crimea is Russia. Vojislav šešelj, the father of Alexander Seselj, is known as a staunch eurosceptic and Pro-Russian holds, in fact, shares in the European Parliament. Representatives of other countries during this visit — a little-known personality at home.

The correspondent of Radio Liberty in the Balkans — Yulia Petrovskaya, “Russia is not interested to cooperate with organizations such as the Radical party of Serbia, because it is odious political force and its leader Vojislav šešelj was suspected of war crimes, but was acquitted. Today he makes clear that he is not going to abandon their nationalist views. At the same time, in the Balkans it is known that Russia supports a number of political forces, which, however, are not very popular”.

Director of the Center for European initiatives Eugene Krishtafovich believes that Russia is trying to look for his European supporters of the “cheaper”:

— According to our research, Moscow often financed by various marginalized in Europe it is not directly through banks but through intermediaries. The smaller the party, the easier it is to “buy”, which is not true of parliamentary political forces. In Estonia a few years ago there was a precedent, when the leader of the ruling party was looking for money for his campaign in Russia, but of the security police managed to prevent this interference. In my opinion, the Pro-Russian position of all political forces, which send their representatives to the annexed Crimea, is nothing more than the fulfillment of the contract.

Eugene Krishtafovich concludes that the radical political forces throughout Europe in the near future will not be able to come to power, no matter what:

— After winning Donald trump began to seem that the triumphant March of the populists in all countries is inevitable, however, in the last election in the Netherlands, the local candidate from the “right” didn’t win. Autumn held a vote in Germany, for representatives to the Bundestag. These choices can affect the whole of Europe, but I think that the calculation of Moscow on the victory of Pro-Russian politicians or anti-European populists are not justified at this time. However, this does not mean that in occupied Crimea will cease to carry foreign outcasts and artificially inflate their importance.