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Bundestag aide suspected of working for Russia resigns

Bundestag aide suspected of working for Russia resigns Bundestag (photo: Getty Images)

Volodymyr Sergienko, an aide to German MP Yevhen Schmidt, has announced his resignation. This happened after a scandal involving his alleged work for Russian special services, reports The Insider.

According to media reports, Sergienko's resignation was announced by his supervisor, Yevhen Schmidt. Schmidt also said that he was filing a lawsuit against Bild newspaper, which also published Sergienko's exposé, accusing it of defamation.

"Yesterday, Volodymyr Sergienko informed me that he would stop his activities in my interests. A media campaign has been launched against him, which makes it impossible for him to continue his work. Mr. Sergienko has been working for me, helping discriminated Russian-speaking citizens, people who have faced massive hostility at the hands of the media since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. I respect his decision," Schmidt said.

Scandals with the Alternative for Germany

The German party Alternative for Germany holds right-wing radical and pro-Russian views.

In particular, in 2022, its deputies intended to visit Russia and then go to the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Recently, German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said that the country may ban the right-wing radical party Alternative for Germany, which holds pro-Russian views.

On February 1, the media reported that members of the right-wing Alternative for Germany party had coordinated the texts of their speeches with FSS handlers and, on their instructions, sued their government to stop military aid to Ukraine.

Afterward, German Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser said that her government wanted to take a closer look at the ties between the right-wing Alternative for Germany party and the Russian Federal Security Service.