RussiaJanuary 7 2023, 18:38 pm

Reuters Identifies Key Figures Pushing Pro-Russian Positions in Germany; Far-Right Involved

Reuters has pub­lished an inves­ti­ga­tion into the iden­ti­ties of key fig­ures push­ing pro-Russ­ian posi­tions in Ger­many. Accord­ing to the report:

Jan­u­ary 3, 2023, Cologne, Ger­many In a square beneath the twin spires of Cologne’s goth­ic cathe­dral, around 2,000 pro­test­ers gath­ered in Sep­tem­ber to urge Germany’s gov­ern­ment to break with the West­ern coali­tion back­ing Ukraine and make peace with Rus­sia. “We must stop being vas­sals of the Amer­i­cans,” right-wing Ger­man politi­cian Markus Beisicht said from a makeshift stage on the back of a truck. The crowd clapped and waved Russ­ian and Ger­man flags. A lean man in cam­ou­flage trousers stood at the side of the stage, obscured from the crowd by a tar­pau­lin. A few metres away, a burly man in dark sun­glass­es stood guard. The rally’s organ­is­ers did not wel­come ques­tions. Most declined to speak when approached by a Reuters reporter. One pro­test­er tried to per­suade a police offi­cer to arrest the reporter as a Ukrain­ian spy. The ral­ly was just one of many occa­sions — online and on the streets — where peo­ple have clam­oured that Berlin should recon­sid­er its sup­port for Ukraine. That mes­sage taps into deep con­nec­tions between Ger­many and Rus­sia, with sev­er­al mil­lion Russ­ian speak­ers liv­ing in Ger­many, a lega­cy of Sovi­et ties to Com­mu­nist east Ger­many, and decades of Ger­man depen­den­cy on Russ­ian gas. The stakes are high: if Ger­many, the Euro­pean Union’s biggest econ­o­my, turns its back on Kyiv, Euro­pean uni­ty over the war will frac­ture. Through inter­views and a review of social media posts and oth­er pub­licly avail­able infor­ma­tion, Reuters has estab­lished the iden­ti­ties of key fig­ures involved in push­ing a pro-Moscow stance inside Ger­many since the war began, includ­ing the two men hov­er­ing near the stage in Cologne.

The Reuters report goes on lat­er to iden­ti­fy some of the indi­vid­u­als as linked to far-right orga­ni­za­tions and/or far-right ideology:

Reuters found that some of the loud­est agi­ta­tors for a change in Ger­man pol­i­cy have two faces. Some use alias­es, and have undis­closed ties to Rus­sia and Russ­ian enti­ties under inter­na­tion­al sanc­tions, or to far-right organ­i­sa­tions. Ger­man author­i­ties have linked one of the peo­ple iden­ti­fied by Reuters to a far-right ide­ol­o­gy. Some of its pro­po­nents were accused by police in Decem­ber of plot­ting to over­throw the state. He runs a Ger­man-lan­guage social media chan­nel called the “Putin Fan­club” and, in an echo of the alleged plot, called on social media ear­ly last year for the storm­ing of the Ger­man parliament.

Read the full report here.

Since Octo­ber of last year, the Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) has been track­ing the Glob­al Nation­al Con­ser­v­a­tive Alliance, described in a GIOR report as follows:

Russ­ian Pres­i­dent PUTIN has expressed an inter­est in Rus­sia becom­ing the ide­o­log­i­cal cen­ter of a new glob­al con­ser­v­a­tive alliance, and Euro­pean far-right lead­ers have tak­en pro-Russ­ian posi­tions based on a sim­i­lar ide­ol­o­gy. Hun­gary is at the cen­ter of a devel­op­ing alliance between Euro­pean far-right nation­al­ists and Amer­i­can con­ser­v­a­tives that Rus­sia could poten­tial­ly exploit for use in infor­ma­tion war­fare. This alliance oper­ates under the rubric of “Nation­al Con­ser­vatism,” cen­tered on nation­al sov­er­eign­ty, cul­tur­al iden­ti­ty, and oppo­si­tion to glob­al insti­tu­tions and rep­re­sent­ing a poten­tial­ly rad­i­cal change for the US con­ser­v­a­tive move­ment away from long-held Rea­gan-era philosophies.

Read the full report here.

The GIOR con­sid­ers the kind of far-right orga­ni­za­tions described above as an even more extrem­ist man­i­fes­ta­tion of the GNCA.





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