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Kremlin tries to build antiwar coalition in Germany, documents show

By Catherine Belton

21 Apr 2023 · 14 min read

Editor's Note

The Post has obtained secret documents showing how the Kremlin is interfering in German politics by seeking to help forge a new, anti-war coalition of the far left and the far right.

BERLIN - When 13,000 demonstrators gathered at the Brandenburg Gate on Feb. 25 to call for an end to weapons supplies to Ukraine, the protest was led by Sahra Wagenknecht, a member of parliament for Germany's far-left Die Linke party and a firebrand with national ambitions. Wagenknecht decried the prospect that German tanks, soon to be delivered to Ukraine, could once again be used to shoot at "Russian women and men."

"We don't want Germany to be drawn deeper into this war," she said, as she called for the creation of a new peace movement and condemned the bloodshed in Ukraine, without mentioning Russia's invasion.

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