The French media space is literally saturated and corrupted by the propaganda of the Russian ship Shtandart as well as by a fallacious rewriting of European sanctions. Although the tools and resources have been developed to counter this disinformation carried by powerful intermediaries, the truth will only come to light through the determined and collective action of #NoShtandartInEurope activists. This article determines the modus operandi of their endeavour.
Surprisingly, since the beginning of the Russian ship Shtandart case in the ports of our country, no French media, unlike the Spanish press, considered quoting the authentic European text setting out the exclusion measures affecting ships registered in Russia.
Regarding the Russian ship Shtandart, France 3 TV article confirms the resolute commitment of La Rochelle municipality in the violation of European sanctions and in the propagation of a misleading presentation of the European text in order to deceive public opinion.
Letter addressed to Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, asking him for the effective application of the fifth package of sanctions and for, consequently, the expulsion of the Russian ship « Shtandart » from French ports. It is, moreover, proposed to share, with the State agencies, the findings evidenced by #NoShtandartInEurope regarding the ramifications of the pro-Russian influence network exercising its hold on the city of La Rochelle.
On Sunday, December 11, 2022, following an invitation of the « Ukraine Atlantique » Association, around a hundred Ukrainians and French supporters of Ukraine came from Rennes, Saint-Malo, Caen, Paris, Nantes, Saintes, Bordeaux and various other cities to back their counterparts in La Rochelle. On several occasions, they encouraged the mayor of La Rochelle, Jean-François Fountaine, and the prefect of Charente-Maritime, Nicolas Basselier, to take note of the fifth part of the sanctions voted unanimously, by the States members of the European Union, on April 8, 2022. According to the activists, this text prohibits Russian ships from entering EU ports.
A rally of Ukrainians, accompanied by local activists, was held on Sunday morning July 31, 2022, against the presence of the Russian frigate « Shtandart » in the port of Bilbao. Among other things, the demonstrators accuse Shtandart of:
violating the 5th package of European sanctions,
falsely claiming to be an opponent to Putin’s regime,
promoting the Russian flag, symbol of the worst crimes committed on European soil since 1945,
being an element of the Russian propaganda and « soft power »,
creating a diversion from the war.
According to a well shared and used narrative, Shandart frigate is said to be an anti-Putin ship and her captain, is granted the status of a visceral Putin opponents for years, at least since 2009. Shtandart also claims to not receive any public funding from Russian state. It did not prevent Shtandart vessel to perform an official Russian assignment under the auspice of the Russian president as late as 2021 as evidenced by a Greek publication.
Ukrainian refugees and activists call on Russian frigate Shtandart to leave European waters despite the captain’s stance against war.
Despite the 5th package of European sanctions, the Russian ship Shtandart enters Spanish and French ports by displaying an anti-Putinism without any real meaning, by instrumentalizing humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian populations victims of the Russian war, by promoting Russian soft power, and by appealing to the generosity of the public for its own benefit. Oleh Sentsov and Roman Suschenko, as well as about thirty Ukrainian organizations, ask Elizabeth Borne, Prime Minister of France, to put an end to this unjustifiable preferential treatment.
I confirm that the Russian three-masted ship « Shtandart », MMSI: 273452840, is sailing in Spanish and French territorial waters, having deactivated its AIS since June 6, 2022, i.e. for more than three weeks.