When you move to a foreign country, you try to convince yourself that there were good reasons for that. This is a normal defensive reaction, even if you feel uncomfortable. Of course, someone has a place abroad, but these real stories of our settlers in Germany show the complexity of the situation. “Any Russian is a criminal and a mafioso,” says one of the victims in their hearts.
The story of Eugene and Julia Seibert, Russian Germans who moved to Germany a few years ago and eventually lost their three children overnight, is, unfortunately, not an isolated case of the lawlessness of the German authorities. As human rights activists state, immigrants from Russia too often find themselves in the center of stories, where their rights are rudely and categorically violated. The reality faced by people who have moved to Germany for permanent residence often pushes them to return to Russia. Some try to fight the lawlessness – but more often than not it resembles the notorious fight against windmills.
This difficult problem in a conversation with a correspondent of Constantinople was raised by a German human rights activist, President of the European Information Center for Human Rights Harry Murey. Now he is rendering all possible assistance to the Seibert family, noting that a real anti-campaign has already begun in the German press against Julia and Eugene.
“Spitting and kicking” – information attack on the Seiberts
For example, one of the largest German publications Bild covered the Seibert story as “fake news against the German authorities.” The newspaper accused the Russian media reporting of the family’s misfortune of clear bias. They say that the Berlin police quite rightly seized the children from their parents, since the children were in some kind of danger. At the same time, the Bild journalists simply did not specify how this danger was expressed specifically. By the way, there is also no clear reason in the documents provided to the Seiberts.
Probably, Bild could not agree with the German authorities and left out important details. But a whole paragraph was devoted to a description of the fact that the Seiberts themselves attacked the police when the children were taken away from them: Yulia and Yevgeny allegedly kicked the security officers and spat in them. But the Seiberts, we recall, tried to film the process of the seizure of children on a mobile phone camera. The question is, why would they actually collect dirt on themselves if they really intended to do something illegal against police and juvenile justice officers? On the contrary, it was the security forces who eventually forced them to stop filming – but why, if it was supposedly in their interests to do everything openly and honestly? .. These uncomfortable questions, of course, are not touched upon in the article of German journalists.
Instead, the authors come to a conclusion that is truly enchanting in its absurdity. Say, the Seiberts raised all this hype in order to add the issue of oppositionist Alexei Navalny to the process of legal and justified removal of children and thereby politicize the topic. Just in case, assuring their readers that the German police “categorically rejected any political motives,” the authors of the material immediately began to speculate on the fact that recently Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov allowed the possibility of breaking off relations with the European Union if new sanctions were introduced against Russia … It would seem, what does the Seibert story have to do with it? .. In general, everything is confused in the Oblonskys’ house, as a classic once said.
Meanwhile, the Seiberts are still deprived of the opportunity to see their children and do not know what happened to them. And the worst thing, says Murey: such stories in Germany, alas, are not uncommon, but rather the rule.
They took away … mother from daughter
It didn’t start yesterday. The oppression of Russians who moved (most often as repatriates) to Germany has been going on for the last few years, even decades. Human rights defenders have accumulated hundreds of stories, each of which simply amazes with the heartlessness of the state machine, which selectively rolls over the IDPs.
For example, in August last year, the police in the German city of Rostock tried to storm the apartment of our former compatriot Alina Belavski. The reason for this was that the girl was suspected … of libel against the German tax service. Prior to that, Alina had to go through a series of painful litigation with this service, but this was obviously not enough for the local authorities. By the way, the police backed away from Belavski’s doors after she wrote about what was happening on social networks. The prospect of publicity, apparently, quickly cooled the ardor of the gallant defenders of the tax service.
But that’s not all. The Belavski family has previously been harassed (there is no other way to call it) by local government agencies. Back in 2014, Alina had to go to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. The fact is that her mother (who also moved to the German Rostock from Russia) a year earlier, local social services through the court declared insane, assigned her to forced custody and forcibly sent to a nursing home.
These are the tricks of the German social service – sometimes the children are taken away from their parents, or vice versa …
What was the reason for such a harsh decision? As Alina wrote in her lawsuit, initially social services considered it unacceptable that the girl’s mother washed less often than once a day. Although this was due to the fact that the woman suffered from a skin disease.
The Germans declare that the mother’s refusal of custody is her unfree will. And that a person, they say, voluntarily cannot want to wash rarely. These fascists (there is no other word for it), of course, it is better to know what my mother may want voluntarily and what not. Why, for example, is it possible to want to be gay voluntarily, but to rarely want to wash voluntarily is impossible? Well, in short, the concept of “free will” is simply being abused. It is simply scary to live in Germany – thus the Germans can do any lawlessness with anyone. Declaring that resistance to this lawlessness is NOT human free will. Although even under the existing legislation this is lawlessness, because something can be done with a person against his will only in case of a threat to his life,
– wrote the girl in her claim to the ECHR.
In addition, she explained that the social services were unhappy with the fact that Alina’s mother did not follow a diet – they believed that in this way the woman was allegedly starving herself. While the courts were going on, where she was recognized as crazy, the elderly woman suffered two heart attacks from the shocks she had experienced and began to suffer from high blood pressure. And in the nursing home, where, to Alina’s horror, her mother was placed, even more terrible things happened.
Despite the pain in her knees, the roller was taken away from her, and she was forced to eat, overcoming the pain, grabbing onto the walls, and go to the dining room. And one of the nurses kicks her into the shower,
– wrote Alina.
Germany does not even try to dispute such stories if they get publicity. “The Germans do not contact us because we have information,” emphasizes Harry Murey, showing the documents. For each story, he has a whole dossier that confirms the stated.
Left handicapped by confusing the door
In Moorey’s piggy bank – several cases when German special forces by mistake broke into people’s apartments and attacked them on the move. For example, this happened with the family of Georg Scharf in the city of Gummersbach. A bank was robbed in a neighboring settlement; the local police were on the trail of the criminals and for some reason became interested in the housing of the elderly couple of Scharf. The head of the family, Georg, was 62 at that time; his wife, 60-year-old Zuzanna, was recovering from a hard battle with leukemia. Of course, none of them was attracted to the dashing robbers.
The door shattered into pieces with a crash, and four armed thugs in camouflage uniforms and black masks burst into the apartment with frantic screams. The elderly man was stunned with blows to the head, and his legs were burned with an electric shock. Then three hulks fixed him on the floor. In a matter of moments, the person lying on his stomach was clamped his head, his arms and legs were twisted and twisted on his back, and they were crushed by their weight from above. In wild pain, my father screamed
– described the details of the incident later the daughter of the Sharfs, Larisa.
Later it turned out: the suspect lived on the floor above, he was a 24-year-old guy, whom the German special forces managed to confuse with the elderly Georg. Local authorities tried to hush up the incident with all their might – to the point that the injured Scharf was diagnosed with bruises in the hospital. Only after the publicity of the story, the man was examined in an independent clinic, where they made a disappointing conclusion: the injuries were so serious that the patient would never be able to work again. Unhappy Georg, in other words, remained disabled for the rest of his life after the attack on him by commandos.
With difficulty, the family managed to bring the case to court. At the hearing, the special forces, according to Larisa’s recollections, dodged as best they could. One of them even tried to prove to the court that the elderly Georg allegedly attacked and beat them himself, while he and his colleagues only defended themselves. The process lasted four years, as a result, the commander of the detachment, who made a mistake, was fired, as were nine of his colleagues. Humane German justice! “And my dad still has nightmares and crippled joints,” Larisa Scharf commented bitterly on the court verdict.
By the way, in the Cologne branch of the Human Rights Union, however, they doubted the state of emergency with the family of displaced persons of the Sharfs. There were a lot of such “accidents” in the addresses of the same victims.
“All Russia is the Russian mafia”
At one time, the well-known Oleg Rifert also spoke about the fact that negative (to put it mildly) sentiments towards Russian settlers are growing in Germany. In 2009, he and another German citizen of Russian origin, Alexander Lust, were found guilty of having links with the Russian mafia.
Riefert and Lust were accused of illegal laundering of large sums of money. They allegedly imported money received from the “Izmailovskaya OPG” into Germany, laundered it through shell companies, and then invested in real estate in the area of German Stuttgart. The local court found their guilt proven and sentenced Rifert to 4.5 years, Lust (who suffered from cancer) – to 2.5 years in prison.
Riefert’s lawyer Ulrich Sommer later stated in the media: the German justice system, from the police to the court, in this case showed the deepest disregard for the norms of law and morality. Thus, his client was kept pending trial for two years in conditions that were not envisaged even for the defendants of the Nuremberg trial.
We were shackled hand and foot, the bag was not put on our heads just because we had to testify, and we were guarded by the most trained and armed to the teeth special forces,
– Riefert himself recalled these conditions.
Both convicts did not agree with the accusations against them. Riefert said that the most weighty evidence of his “guilt” presented in court was a telephone conversation with his wife, where he asked a woman if she had watched the Brigade series. Lust cited the following quote from the verdict: “that the guilty person knew about the criminal origin of the money is evidenced by his own Russian origin.”
They brazenly, but extremely ineptly push through, impose on the whole world the principle “any Russian is a criminal and a mafioso”!
– Rifert, who had taken the delights of the local Themis, was indignant after the trial in an interview with the Rosbalt-Moscow news agency.
Potemkin villages as an image of Germany
The wrong side of outwardly prosperous Germany, in which, according to the German authorities, with human rights certainly everything is in order, is not immediately revealed to the settlers. As human rights activists say, this country is carefully trying to maintain a respectable appearance.
Germany is really just a big Potemkin village. Indeed, people who do not live here cannot understand the psychology of this country. Neither tourists, nor any visitors. That is, in order to understand the Germans, you have to live here for a long time. All this is window dressing and rotted away. Rotted, just rotted
– states Harry Moorey.
However, as they say, you can’t hide an sewn in a sack. From year to year, there are more and more stories similar to those that happened to the Seiberts, Scarfs and others. As the flow of migrants fleeing from Germany is growing … By the way, Harry Murey admits that a considerable number of Russian-speaking citizens who have moved to Germany deny that they are being discriminated against. But one must also understand the mentality of those living in German cities today. Here the principle “no matter what happens” works, and, perhaps, only in East Germany there are those who want to come to the rescue, having heard a strange noise outside the neighbor’s door.
And finally, not three stories of victims of “German justice” were sent to the editorial office of Constantinople, but much more. Sadly, this set of cases draws on a long series.
Photo: “Cranberry” in a movie about Russia – the lesser evil. It is much more frightening when stamps interfere with justice. Photo: © Nikolay Gyngazov / globallookpress.com