Far-right French MP that is close to kremlin joined European Endowment for Democracy

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Far-right French MP

Thierry Mariani, a French MEP from the far-right National Union party, has joined the board of directors of the European Endowment for Democracy (EED). The organization calls its mission to support democratic activists, political prisoners, and promote human rights in the EU and the Middle East, promoteukraine.org reports.

As the French edition of Mediapart reminded, Mariani is known for his active pro-russian position, uncoordinated trips to the russian-occupied Crimea, meeting with Bashar al-Assad and ambiguous statements about the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The board of directors, which consists of nine people, is responsible in particular for the development of the organization.

The European Endowment for Democracy is based in Brussels and was established by the European Union in 2013. The Council of the Organization consists of 43 members: representatives of 27 EU member states, Great Britain, Norway, the European External Action Service, a representative of the European Commission, nine members of the European Parliament, and three elected members of European civil society.

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