|(from left to right) Mickael Takahashi, Guillaume "Lenormand" Cuvelier, Nikola Perovic, Victor-Alfonso Lenta in Donetsk, August 2014|
|(from left to right) Victor-Alfonso Lenta, Mickael Takahashi, Guillaume "Lenormand" Cuvelier, Nikola Perovic in Donetsk, August 2014|
This video and other evidence I have gathered suggest that Guillaume "Lenormand" Cuvelier, Nikola Perovic and Mickael Takahashi first came to Moscow in the second half of June where they met Russian citizen Mikhail Polynkov.* The latter is engaged in assisting international extremists to get to Eastern Ukraine.
|Guillaume "Lenormand" Cuvelier and Nikola Perovic in Moscow, June 2014|
|Victor Alfonso Lenta in Donetsk, August 2014|
Guillaume "Lenormand" Cuvelier (b. 9 April 1988) is coming from Normandy where he has been participating in various ultranationalist movements for ten years: Jeunesses identitaires (Young Identitarians), Parti de la France (Party of France, PDF), and Troisième voie (Third Way). In 2010, he was PDF's candidate in the Eure department. "Lenormand" is his pseudonym. His bank account is with Société Générale (IBAN: FR76 3000 3008 1300 0511 2892 577, SWIFT: SOGEFRPP) through which the whole group of the French right-wing extremists is funded.
|Guillaume "Lenormand" Cuvelier at a right-wing extremist meeting, 2013|
Victor-Alfonso Lenta (b. 1989?) is coming from Toulouse. He is a former corporal of the 3rd Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment, and served in Afghanistan, Chad, Ivory Coast and Gabon. He is said to have been kicked out from the army for his involvement in a neo-Nazi group. On his return to Toulouse, he actively participated in the Jeunesses identitaires.
|Victor-Alfonso Lenta in Gabon, 2009|
Nikola Perovic (b. 1989?) has dual French/Serbian citizenship and apparently lives in Belgrade. He is a former corporal of the 13th Battalion of the Chasseurs Alpins and served in Afghanistan.
|Nikola Perovic, 2012|
Michael Takahashi (b. 13 October 1987) is coming from Paris. He is an ardent supporter of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and has been cooperating with various ultranationalist groups in France and Serbia.
|Michael Takahashi, 2013|
So, what are these Frenchmen doing in Eastern Ukraine? All four are extreme right activists who are influenced, especially Cuvelier and Lenta, by the ideas of the European New Right. The four Frenchmen have founded a group called "Unité Continentale" (Continental Unity), and its manifesto provides further insights into the ideology they share.
They believe that the French government is "a puppet of Brussels" and that NATO is "a terrorist military alliance that uses French army to serve the interests of banks". The EU, in their view, denies France's national sovereignty, while France itself is "a slave of the American Empire that dictates the country's foreign policy and directly interferes in the domestic policy".
The solution of the alleged problem, according to the Unité Continentale, is Neo-Eurasianism, an ideology elaborated by Russian fascist Aleksandr Dugin, which they call "Continentalism". It rejects globalisation and liberalism, as well as advocating the destruction of the EU. Instead, they promote "cooperation between the major nation-states of Europe and their respective areas of influence". Russia would play an important role in this cooperation and, especially, in their fight against "Anglo-Saxon globalism, Atlanticism and the decadent West".
|Brown blood Europe, a dream of Eurasianist fascists|
They call it "Eurasian solidarity".
* - The previous version of this post erroneously claimed that Hungarian right-wing extremist Ferenc Almássy had also visited Moscow and met with the fighters and Mikhail Polynkov. However, there has been no further evidence that Almássy was indeed in Moscow. At the same time, he seems to have interviewed Cuvelier and Takahashi in Budapest in 2015 for TV Liberté.
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