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.
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.
On La Rochelle market, this Saturday, June 25, 2022, a Ukrainian national saw Vladimir Martus, captain of the Russian frigate, Shtandart. However, the ship, contrary to her habit, was not visible in the city center. Therefore, another activist went to the Atlantic port of La Pallice, located on the outskirts of the agglomeration. Shtandart vessel, which could not be seen from outside the port enclosure, was hidden by the submarine base and by warehouse buildings.
In connection with the case of the Russian ship, Shtandart, very strange things are happening in La Rochelle. An intriguing character claiming to belong to French security services terrorizes the members of a Franco-Ukrainian couple to obtain information about a person they do not know. It needs to be checked whether this individual is mandated by his superiors or whether he is acting on his own initiative. One can even wonder if the spook is really a French intelligence person. These questions are sent to the « préfet » of Charente-Maritime.
Not pleased enough with enjoying a complacent and unsceptical media coverage, Vladimir Martus, the captain of the russian frigate, « Shtandart », would like to give some substance to the tale he is promoting. He wants to be co-opted into the circle of anti-putin activists engaged in tangible actions for many years. This infiltration and instrumentation attempt, like the one that was carried out with the association « Aidons l’Ukraine 17 », is not accepted and faces a strong clarification.
On June 15, 2022, Vladimir Martus, Captain of a Russian frigate posted a comment under the article detailing the numerous issues raised by the frequent presence of his ship in the French harbour of La Rochelle. Here below is the answer made to him. It is reminded, that, because of the Russian war in Ukraine, showing off such a flag is an outrage to humanity, regardless any sincere or fabricated speech. A solution is proposed to him, taking into account his personal interest and the one of his ship.