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To oppose it, demonstrations in the form of a motorcade against russophobia flying Russian flags are organizing in the country, which is home to the largest diaspora in the European Union. But they are creating controversy for their lack of distance from Russian military aggression.

New parades of this type took place on Sunday in Frankfurt and Hanover, the day before in Lübeck and Stuttgart, bringing together several hundred people to denounce the discrimination anti-Russian.

Organizer of a convoy to Berlin last Sunday, which brought together 400 vehicles, Christian Freier, 40, has since received hundreds of death threats daily.

His car garage’s website was hacked and his online ratings plummeted: my life is hellcomplains this Russian-German.

His motorcade, however, shocked the German political world, because the same day the atrocities of Boutcha were brought to light.

My goal was only to protest against the daily attacks on Russians in Germany.assures Mr. Freier, claiming that his demonstration had no connection with the conflict which he certainly does not want to talk about.

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, 383 anti-Russian crimes and 181 anti-Ukrainian crimes have been officially reported to the German police.

Germany is home to 1.2 million people originating, themselves or their families, from Russia, and 325,000 from Ukraine, to which must be added the arrival over the past month of more than 316,000 Ukrainian refugees.

Every war is condemnable and none is justifiableadvances the co-organizer of the Berlin procession, the German René Hermann, 50 years old.

But far from journalists, the man turns out to be an influential blogger with thousands of subscribers on the social network Tiktok. Until the recent suspension of his account, he posted many messages typical of pro-Kremlin propaganda.

One of them claimed that prisoners say kyiv ordered to stage a massacre to manipulate Western thinking.

The reasons for participating in these events are very heterogeneousanalyzes Jochen Töpfer, sociologist at the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg and specialist in Russian society.

The organizer spoke of a demonstration against discrimination. Besides that, Putin admirers certainly participate, or people who don’t like Putin, but don’t want to see their country discredited, despite the warhe told AFP.

The German press gets involved

In Berlin, the daily Picture talked about parades of shame. On Sunday he accused the participants in the new demonstrations of being Putin admirers who deny war crimes.

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For heaven’s sake, how could you allow this motorcade of shame right through Berlin?took offense when addressing the mayor of Berlin, Franziska Giffey, the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany Andrij Melnyk.

She answered him to understand her anger, but indicated that she could not ban a demonstration in which were brandished russian flags.

security authorities closely monitor the extent to which Russian, but also Ukrainian citizens are at risk in Germanysaid German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser.

Before saying that we must be very careful that this war is not imported into our society.

A hypothesis doubted by researcher Tobias Rupprecht of the Free University of Berlin: Most Russians here have a much more critical image of the conflict, they tend to be much more Western than Russians in Russia.

Nevertheless, the longer the war lasts, the greater the risk of seeing a higher number of crimes committed in this context in Germanydreads Mr. Töpfer.

Russian organizations have also condemned the parades.

We will not tolerate the few instances of discrimination being used as cover for pro-Putin propaganda eventswarned the community of interests of the Germans of Russia in Hesse (IDRH).

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