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Shadowy arm of a German state helped Russia finish Nord Stream 2

By Katrin Bennhold and Erika Solomon

02 Dec 2022 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

The New York Times takes us on a fascinating journey from Russia to Germany, along the world's most contested pipeline, and shows the lengths Germany went to secure cheap natural gas.

SCHWERIN, Germany — Between a tram stop and a kebab shop, the gray building in the northeastern German city of Schwerin looks innocuous enough — and so does its tenant, the Foundation for the Protection of the Climate and Environment.

Yet this regional foundation, created 23 months ago by the local state government, has done little for the climate. Instead, it served as a conduit for at least 165 million euros from the Kremlin-owned energy company Gazprom to build one of the world’s most contested gas pipelines: Nord Stream 2.

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