The Frenchman Xavier Moreau participated as an observer in the elections held at gunpoint in the Russian-occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Moreau authored books containing hatred toward Ukraine
Hate speech against Ukraine has been published by Xavier Moreau in two books. Both "Ukraine. Why France Was Wrong" and "The New Great Russia: From the Collapse of the USSR to the Return of Vladimir Putin,' written by him (2012 and 2015) fully support Russian propaganda narratives. He has also voiced Ukraino-phobic declarations when appeared on Russian propaganda television.
Xavier Moreau also started StratPol, a so-called Center for political and strategic analysis. He has been residing in Moscow since 2000 and writing papers that promote Russia while criticizing the United States and Ukraine.
The Bucha massacre was called "a provocation" by Moreau
Mr. Moreau received an invitation to one of Russian propagandist Vladimir Solovyov's TV shows, which says a lot about his level of loyalty to the Kremlin. The Frenchman simply translates all of Moscow's propaganda narratives, so the more you examine hirs statements and his political stance, the more quickly you can grasp how biased he is. On Russian state TV, the former Frenh paratrooper said that the atrocities of Russian soldiers and the mass murder of Ukrainian civilians in Bucha, which shocked the world, were just a "provocation."
An observer in a sham referenda put on by Russia
Both the "LPR" and "DPR" groups as well as the invading Russians make reference to Mr. Moreau, as an impartial French observer. He participated in a bogus vote in Ukrainian territory under Russian occupation.
Let’s remember that the entire civilized world recognizes the Russia-organized pseudo-referendum as a farce, and the US called it a sham. But the “French observer” declared that "he did not witness any breaches in the referendum" when speaking to representatives of the Russian propaganda media in this role.
StratPol's channel was deleted by YouTube for persistent breaches
Now, the main channel for Xavier Moreau's propaganda in Russia is the government-run, multilingual TV channel RT (Russia Today). A TV program with the catchy title "World Chessboard" is introduced on-air by the unpopular French expert.
The narratives remain the same: he continues criticizing the United States and labeling Ukrainians as Nazis while forgetting to mention that Russia invaded Ukraine with a full-scale war, destroyed cities, and slaughtered innocent citizens with ballistic missiles.
However, for a few days, Mr. Moreau is no longer able to covertly spread Russian propaganda in French throughout the entire world as a result of his sad defeats on the information front.
A big setback for Moreau has been the shutdown of StratPol's YouTube channel by YouTube. The channel termination results from persistently breaking the platform's regulations. New videos presenting Russian propaganda and hoaxes were posted on the channel, which led to the sanction. "Censorship" is how Moreau comments on YouTube’s decision to block a channel spreading lies and propaganda.
Earlier this year, in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the European Union stated on February 27, 2022, that all of its member states will be prohibited from broadcasting RT and Sputnik in any language. The European Court of Justice denied RT France's request for a temporary suspension of the ban. Their General Court appeal was likewise denied. Previously, RT Moreau was able to reach a wide audience in France. Now things have changed.
On his account on the Russian social network VK.com, Moreau can still continue to communicate his vision to a narrow audience. There, he has over 2600 fans and gets over 200 likes on each of his postings. Not much, to be honest, for someone who pretends to be an expert in geopolitics.
Russian security firm's founder
Moreau claims to have been residing in Russia since the year 2000. The entire family of a Frenchman who got married in Moscow has dual citizenship in Russia. The Sokol holding, owned by Xavier Moreau, is situated in Moscow and employs former elite soldiers of the French Army as well as Russian security forces.
Moreau holds membership in the French group "East of France - Solidarity Donbas'' (VFSD). It says it was created "to help Ukrainian refugees from Donbas." However, according to the Security Service of Ukraine, the VFSD is totally controlled by Russian special services.
Why is Moreau wrong in his book on Ukraine?
In some cases, Xavier Moreau has been referred to in the media as an "expert on Ukraine" since the release of his book "Ukraine: Why France Was Wrong." Based on his anti-Americanism, he is favorably embraced by France's extreme right groups, which are extremely pro-Putin.
The paper "Ukraine: Why France was wrong" is a blatant piece of misinformation meant to sway the French audience. It begins with Thierry Mariani, "Russia's unofficial ambassador to France," and is a component of Putin's propaganda campaign against France as well as Ukraine.
A brief review reveals that this book is a very crude version of Russian propaganda intended to deceive the French audience. Anyone familiar with Eastern Europe may find numerous obvious lies there. A more thorough investigation reveals that there is roughly one inaccurate fact or misinterpreted meaning on every page.
To defend intentional omissions, propaganda, and disinformation as well as to distort facts, the author asserts a right to give an alternative perspective. However, surprisingly every time this alternative view mixed with lies coincides with the Kremlin’s propaganda machine.
Why, then, did Moreau make false claims in his book? Because he is purely biased. He translated stories from Moscow that are flatly false.
French "DPR" activist
Moreau was harshly criticized for taking part in the opening of the "consulate" of the "Donetsk People's Republic" in Marseille. He also took a photo with a "DPR" banner in Paris during the 2018 "Yellow Vests" rallies that sparked violent unrest in France.
The French interior minister at that period, Christoph Castaner, stated that the most radical groups among the protestors are activists linked to the far-right Le Pen’s party, shortly after riots exploded in Paris. Bloomberg's resource reported an unusual activity of Russian bots encouraging rallies on social media. France authorities launched an investigation into potential Russian meddling in the country's Yellow Vest protests.
Visits to the occupied areas in Ukraine
The website www.stratpol.com, run by Moreau, is presented as "an online analytical platform of the Center for Policy and Strategic Analysis". But it only disseminates propaganda about the West's treatment of Russia following the Cold War, the purported failure of Ukraine as an independent state, and the attitude of Western nations towards the Kremlin. Everything is similar to what you would see on Russian propaganda outlets.
Just a few examples of the falsehoods and misinformation spread by the Russian propaganda network that can be found on the StratPol website include "Ukrainian nazi government," "American bio labs," "protection of Russian-speaking people," and "the US complicity in the Russian invasion of Ukraine." Additionally, he asserted that Russians and Ukrainians are the "same people." He is extremely biased, and we can only guess how Putin could reward him for his commitment.
Moreau received accolades in Russia for his papers, which some observers deemed to be those of a "useful idiot".
We don't question this person's bias, so let's see how accurate and prophetic his analyses are. Moreau predicted in 2016 that "the EU and Ukraine will fall short." Later, Mr. Moreau claimed that Ukraine could only be rescued as a state by returning to being a Soviet state.
In addition, the Moscow-based Frenchman tweeted on February 27 that "Zelensky is over" and that "he was left alone by the West" after Russia declared war on Ukraine.
Fortunately, none of the “prophecies” made by this "visionary" came true, and we all realized that it was merely an effort to sway public opinion in the recipient country of France rather than an analysis.
Manipulation of public opinion in Russia
The field of public opinion manipulation in Russia is where Xavier Moreau excels. Because he is depicted as a French political expert on state TV stations, viewers do believe that his words reflect the views of French society. But that's pure manipulation.
However, the Kremlin probably came up with that idea. The propaganda machine attempted to persuade the entire Russian public that EU politicians share Moscow's ideas by putting lies on the lips of its puppets.
Having established that, it is undeniable that by appearing as a political expert in France, Xavier Moreau denigrates every aspect of French society. It is necessary to assess his acts in France on a social and legal level. YouTube has already completed an operation of this nature.