According to the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Russia is as active as it was in the Cold War.
Constitutional protection chief Thomas Haldenwang says Russia’s methods in Germany are becoming rougher. The country has “significantly increased” its activities.
According to the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Thomas Haldenwang, Russia is currently Russia is presently as dynamic in Germany as during the Cold War. “We perceive that Russia has increased its activities considerably,” Haldenwang told Welt am Sonntag. “So far, we have only known the level we have achieved in the meantime from the times of the Cold War.” In Germany, Russia has a “very complex interest in investigating almost all political areas”.
“The methods are getting rougher and the means more brutal,” said Haldenwang, referring to the murder of a Georgian in Berlin in 2019, for which the Federal Prosecutor’s Office blames Russian authorities.
Bruno Kahl also told the newspaper with a view to countries like Russia or China: “Think of the dominance of other powers that want to impose their will on us. A moral change can be observed, becoming rougher and more ruthless proceeded, interests are being enforced more openly than before. ” Some actors have also added new funds, such as mask or vaccine diplomacy in the corona pandemic. At the same time, “every possible method is tried to secure one’s advantages and stir up dissonances between the states in the West”.