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Few issues have been the subject of as much derision in the Catalan press as the so-called Voloh operation, investigated by Judge Joaquín Aguirre as a result of wiretaps intercepted by the Guardia Civil from certain pro-independence activists. It emerged from some of the conversations that Russian support had been sought to achieve the triumph of secession and even heard in one of the recordings that Putin was willing to send 10,000 soldiers to Catalonia. It all sounded like nonsense, and even the Russian embassy took this information as a joke, to the point that it ironised by saying that its soldiers would be transported by planes manufactured during the Civil War, as a result of the USSR’s aid to the Republic.

In any case, the magistrate has been investigating for months the connection of leaders of the procès with an alleged Russian spy and, fabulations aside, has known that Josep Lluís Alay, the head of the office of Carles Puigdemont, held conversations with the businessman Alexánder Dmitrenko, accused of working for the intelligence services of the Kremlin.

But not only the courts continue to pull the Russian thread, but also The New York Times has published an extensive information where it warns that “intelligence reports suggest that a collaborator of Puigdemont sought the collaboration of Russia for his struggle for independence from Spain”. I reproduce from the newspaper: “In Moscow, emissary Josep Lluís Alay (…) met with Russian officials, former intelligence agents and the grandson of a well-connected KGB spy. The goal was to secure Russian help in securing Catalonia’s separation from the rest of Spain, according to a European intelligence report that this newspaper was able to review.”

The New York Times’ gives credibility to the pro-independence attempt to seek Russian help.It’s possible that to many this all sounds like a bad script for a Torrente movie, but the New York Times warns that Russia could have intended to destabilize the EU. We’ve had a lot of laughs about the so-called Voloh operation and there may be more fantasy than reality. But not everyone on the planet thought it was a charlotte. Some jokes are carried by the devil, even if they sound like blanks.