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

Kremlin said organizing secret military units in Germany, other Western countries
Edited by: A. N.

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 / mainpost.de)
Boris Reitschuster (Image: Igor Gavrilov / mainpost.de)

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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