To oppose this, “Against Fear of Russia” parade demonstrations displaying Russian flags were held in the country, which includes the largest diaspora in the European Union, sparking controversy for their lack of distancing. In the face of Russian army aggression.
New rallies of this kind are scheduled for Sunday, particularly in Frankfurt and Hanover.
The organizer of last Sunday’s 400-vehicle convoy to Berlin, Christian Freire, 40, has since received hundreds of death threats a day and unbearable images of corpses shredded or cremated.
His garage website was hacked and his online ratings landed: “My life is hell,” complains this Russian-German.
Some political messages were waved in the procession that shocked the German political class on the same day that Bucha’s atrocities were revealed.
However, a woman was arrested for displaying the letter “Z”, the symbol of support for the Russian army and now banned in Berlin.
“My aim was only to protest the daily attacks on Russians in Germany”asserts to Mr. Fryer, claiming that his demonstration is unrelated to the conflict which he certainly does not want to talk about.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, 383 crimes against Russia and 181 crimes against Ukraine have been officially reported to the German police.
Germany is home to 1.2 million people of Russian origin, or their families, and 325,000 from Ukraine, to which must be added the arrival of more than 316,000 Ukrainian refugees over the past month.
“Every war is condemned, and none of it can be justified.”, the co-organizer of the Berlin rally, 50-year-old German Rene Hermann, is presenting. he claims ‘Deconcentrate in this conflict’.
But far from journalists, the guy turned out to be an influential blogger with thousands of subscribers on the social network Tiktok. Until recently, his account was suspended, he posted several form letters of pro-Kremlin propaganda.
Someone claimed it “Prisoners say Kyiv ordered an organized massacre to manipulate Western thought”.
“The reasons for participating in these demonstrations are very diverse.”Jochen Töpfer, a sociologist at Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg who specializes in Russian society, analyzes.
“The organizer spoke of a demonstration against discrimination in Germany. Besides, Putin fans are definitely participating, or people who do not like Putin but do not want to see their country lose its credibility, despite the war”As he put it to AFP.
The Berlin parade sparked a wave of national indignation: the daily Bild spoke of it “Processes of Shame”.
“For heaven’s sake, how can you allow this procession of infamy through Berlin?”frowned when the mayor of Berlin, Franziska Jevi, addressed the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andrei Melnik.
I replied to him “To understand” She got angry but indicated that she could not prevent a demonstration that was being brandished “Russian flags”.
security authorities It is closely monitoring the extent to which Russian and Ukrainian citizens are also at risk in Germany.German Interior Minister Nancy Wieser said.
Adding: “We must be very careful that this war is not imported into our society.”
A hypothesis questioned by researcher Tobias Rupprecht from the Free University of Berlin: “Most Russians here have a much more important picture of the conflict, they tend to be much more Western than Russians in Russia.”
however, “The longer the war continues, the greater the risk of seeing a greater number of crimes committed in this context in Germany”Mr. Töpfer is afraid.
Russian organizations also condemned the rallies.
“We will not tolerate the use of a few cases of discrimination as a cover for pro-Putin propaganda events.”The community warned about the interests of Germans in Russia in the state of Hesse (IDRH).