Kremlin said organizing secret military units in Germany, other Western countries


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Germany’s “Bild” has published excerpts from a new book by Boris Reitschuster entitled “Putin’s Secret War” that suggests that Moscow is organizing special military units inside Germany and other Western countries that the Kremlin could use to destabilize these states in the event of a crisis.

Boris Reitschuster (Image: Igor Gavrilov /

Boris Reitschuster (Image: Igor Gavrilov /

Although Reitschuster’s claims are disputed, one indication that they likely deserve to be taken seriously is that when his materials appeared in “Bild” on Monday, hackers immediately took down his email account.

Putins Verdeckter Krieg (Putin's Secret War) by Boris Reitschuster

Putins Verdeckter Krieg (Putin’s Secret War) by Boris Reitschuster

According to Reitschuster, the units which have a membership of 300 in Germany alone are organized as sports clubs but are led by Russian GRU intelligence and military officers according to an order given by Vladimir Putin to create such diversionary groups in Germany and other countries of Europe.

Reitschuster says that this organization, known as “the System,” is a potentially important resource for Putin “in his secret war against the West.” Members of these units have exercises in the Swiss Alps and the Czech Republic and often go to Russia for advanced training.

According to the German publication, members of “the System” are “active in the ranks of right extremist sects, the right-wing radical movement European Patriots Against the Islamization of the West (Pegida), and in disinformation campaigns among Germans from Russia.”


Edited by: A. N.

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  1. Avatar Alex George says:

    No-one should be in the least surprised by this – it is simply how the Kremlin operates.

    And of course these cells are found among right wing extremist groups – they are the ones who most strongly support Putin in the west.

    1. Avatar Being says:

      But they are not raping, stealing, looting, murdering civilians as Merkel’s guests.

      1. Avatar Alex George says:

        Not yet. But give them time and they will do exactly what they did in Ukraine – its normal behaviour for Putin’s people.

        1. Avatar Being says:

          Yes not yet, but Merkel’s guests do this NOW.
          And when EU can not fix 1 problem, nor any other than it is end of EU with extra right or without.
          Why do they need to destroy EU?
          When politicians EU can not make EU any better than it is right to destroy it?

          Mainly that they felt right to help destroy Arab countries and bombard them.

          1. Avatar Alex George says:

            What on earth are you talking about? If you are complaining about the behaviour of migrants in Germany, then they aren’t committing atrocities at anything like the rate that Russians and their stooges are in Donbass. But what is the relevance of this to the article anyway?

    2. Avatar MichaelA says:

      ukrainians seem to be cleaning them up quickly
      i think its a matter of having countermeasures
      its only the unready that get caught by this

  2. Avatar Being says:

    If our politicians did what we citizens want there would not be much support of these far right or far left oraganizations.
    It is the idiocy of big headed politicians of EU!
    They did created such a need and such a mess.
    They tell lies and they steal our money.

    As we can not organise ourself as Ukraine we need some help and it seems RUS is the help of orginizing capable men far right.
    Anyway all responsibility is up to EU politicians they are idiots.

    1. Avatar Alex George says:

      “As we can not organise ourself as Ukraine”

      Says who? It is Russia that is incapable of organising.

  3. Avatar Vladislav Didenko says:

    I guess all of the far right “civic” activists from Ukraine, who attended semi-paramilitary summer camps in Poland for years, are peaceful “freedom fighters” and just kids, who would never pose a threat and not worth mentioning in the press. Nevermind that by watching BBC’s news story, showing swastikas on ukrainian’s volunteers helmets, you could probably recognize the same “kids” who attended above mentioned camps. But, why do I know, that that would never appear on this site. Sen. Joe MacCarthy will be very proud of you kids. Remember, Putin is everywhere. As a matter of fact, this comment was written by Putin’s agent (or Putin himself) no doubt. I saw a funny clip, where two far right activists were accusing each other of being Putin’s agent for simply disagreeing on their political fractions idea. Ignorance is a bliss.