Russia was involved in organizing an information campaign against the candidate for Chancellor of Germany from the Soyuz-90 / Green party, Annalena Berbock. Blamed her for this Bloomberg, citing information from several sources.
According to interlocutors familiar with the “train of thought of the Russian authorities,” the Kremlin believes that Berbock’s election victory could pose a serious threat to Russia’s global interests, spoil relations between Moscow and Berlin, and play into the hands of the United States. In particular, Moscow is concerned about the position of the politician regarding the Russian gas pipeline “Nord Stream-2”.
As noted by Bloomberg, the Berbock party complained to the German security services about the increase in the number of attacks, allegedly involved in the Kremlin, on its services. For example, the Greens began receiving phishing emails en masse, the purpose of which was supposedly to install spyware on recipient computers. According to German counterintelligence, this tactic is typical of Russian hackers.
At the same time, a disinformation campaign was launched against Berbock herself, including on social networks. In particular, for example, a post appeared on Facebook telling that the politician allegedly proposed to cancel the pension for the loss of a spouse in order to send the released funds to support refugees. Similar publications with false information also appeared on Telegram, Twitter and WhatsApp. As a result, the newspaper stresses, Berbock’s rating has dropped by about 10 percent over the past three months.
Berbock is known for her statements about Russia and opposes Nord Stream 2. In particular, she called for the closure of the environmental fund created in Germany, which can take part in the completion of the gas pipeline construction. The politician said that the use of a fund, established under the pretext of protecting nature, for the construction of a gas pipeline is outrageous from the point of view of both ecology and geopolitics. The politician also accused the Russian government of seeking to use the energy project to cut off gas transit through Ukraine and Poland.