Analysis: EU President’s alleged ties to Russian mafia

Vaclav Klaus

Vaclav Klaus

On December 22, 2008, intelNews reported former FBI counterintelligence agent Robert Eringer’s allegations that the current European Union (EU) president was a Soviet collaborator during the Cold War and “may still be under the influence of Russian Intelligence”. The accused is no other than Vaclav Klaus, the former Prime Minster and current President of the Czech Republic, who in 1991 co-founded the country’s conservative Civic Democratic Party. A few days ago, Business New Europe published an extensive summary of Mr. Klaus’ “historical track record of unambiguous support for Russia [which makes some] wonder exactly whose interests he best serves”. The article references a 2003 exposé published in the Czech weekly magazine Respect in further detailing Mr. Klaus’ alleged ties to Russian organized criminal activity in the Czech Republic, which “go back to the early 1990s”. Respect‘s investigation contended that the current Czech President funneled his earnings from shadowy deals with the Russian mafia to several bank accounts in Switzerland, and subsequently relied on them to fund his re-election campaign in 1996. Equally interesting is the allegation that Mr. Klaus maintains an uneasy relationship with the Czech Security Information Service (BIS), which is the country’s primary counterintelligence agency. The Business New Europe article cites interviews with anonymous former BIS officials who say the Czech President was repeatedly cautioned by BIS about the threat of Russian organized crime in the Czech Republic in the mid-1990s. Mr. Klaus, however, “became hysterical”, claim the two former counterintelligence officials, “saying there was no such problem and threatened to disband [BIS] because he considered it to be a waste of taxpayer’s money”. Vaclav Klaus assumed the rotating Presidency of the EU on January 1, 2009. The occasion marked the first instance of a former Eastern Bloc nation leader heading the Union.

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4 Responses to Analysis: EU President’s alleged ties to Russian mafia

  1. wer says:

    This is stupid vilification without any evidence.

  2. intelNews says:

    Hence the use of the phrase “alleged ties” and the links to articles which provide further information on these allegations. [IA]

  3. jirikoo says:

    i’m from the CZ and completely agree with the article. Unfortunately, ‘Dr’ Vaclav Klaus is as a president immune to any of the indictments. For me, who has watched him since he rose to the power in the early 90s through many of his scandals, this man is the most corrupt person.

  4. jack says:

    The Russia mafia is actually an Israeli one with ties to western intelligence.

    Al the top “Russian” mafia figures have Israeli passports

    Jewish journalist and writer Robert Friedman who was considered the authority on the issue in his book Red Mafiya: How the Russian Mob Has Invaded America.

    “And Jonathan Winer told Friedman (when Winer was still the State Department’s crime expert), ‘There is not a major Russian organized crime figure whom we are tracking who does not also carry an Israeli passport.'”

    It would useful to know hat Klaus ethnic origin is.

    He supported Russia when the Isreali/western oligarchy controlled Russia
    Now he is an anti-Russian windbag that Russia controls Russia.

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