Kremlin tries to build antiwar coalition in Germany, documents show

April 23, 2023

The documents record meetings between Kremlin officials and Russian political strategists, and the Kremlin’s orders for the strategists to focus on Germany to build antiwar sentiment in Europe and dampen support for Ukraine. The documents do not contain any material that records communications between the Russian strategists and any allies in Germany. Efforts to build antiwar sentiment in Germany are part of a hidden front in Russia’s war against Ukraine as the Kremlin tries to undermine Western unity and freeze the war on its terms. © Jens Schlueter/Getty Images Björn Höcke, chairman of the right-wing Alternative for Germany party in Thüringen, addresses supporters at a rally in Grimma, Germany, on Aug. 28, 2020. “Without the western part of Germany, the AfD will have no future on the level of the whole republic.