The group Social Democrat in the European Parliamentor they have demanded this Monday that the ties between the Catalan independence movement and Russian Intelligence be investigated. In a report prepared by the popular Lithuanian Andrius Kubilius on the relationship with Russia that will be debated this Tuesday in the plenary session of the European Parliament and will be voted on the following day, the Croatian socialist Tonino Picula has proposed an amendment that refers to the ties of the Kremlin with Catalan independence movement.
In this way, the amendment presented by the Social Democratic group points out that «recent revelations on close and regular contacts between Russian officials, including members of the security service, and representatives of a group of Catalan secessionists in Spain require in-depth research».
According to Picula, this case “could turn out to be another example of Russian interference in the member states and of Russia’s constant attempts to exploit any issue that could promote the internal destabilization of the Union.” The scandal about this connection jumped around the world after the information published by the American newspaper ‘The New York Times’.
This petition has been joined to the Citizens’ demand that has claimed on several occasions that the Foreign Action Service, directed by Josep Borrell, investigate the revelations of the American newspaper.
“It is not a crime” to speak of independence
The head of the office of former president Carles Puigdemont, Josep Lluís Alay, came to admit that he traveled to Russia and spoke about «Matters that concern the creation of an independent state in the future“, Something that, as he stressed,” is not a crime.
These statements were made to the television channel 3/24, after the newspaper The New York Times published an investigation that says that Alay sought the Russia support for the Catalan independence process.
The newspaper cites as sources a European intelligence report corroborated by Spanish officials, records of two investigations carried out by judges in Barcelona and Madrid, interviews with pro-independence politicians and activists in Catalonia, and security officials in Spain and abroad.
The Civil Guard of Catalonia, as this newspaper recently published, a report in the Court of Instruction number 1 of Barcelona where all the information on the mobile phone of Josep Lluís Alay Rodríguez, Professor of History at the University of Barcelona, Catalan independentist and right-hand man of the former president of the Catalan Generalitat Carles Puigdemont. This document yields important data such as the relationship of the escaped former president and the Catalan independence activists with Russian politicians.