Published by COMPACT-Magazin GmbH in an effort to counter anti-Russia propaganda in Germany, the book starts off with the presidential speech at Bundestag from September 25, 2001. In this speech the Russian president referenced long-standing traditions of Russian-German relations, as well as contributions Germans made to the development of Russian economy and culture. The book ends with Putin’s answers in May of 2014, to questions posed by journalists. The press secretary of the Russian Embassy in Germany, Sergei Belyaev, told Russia Today:
“This special edition is a very important initiative. German citizens do not have many opportunities to learn unbiased information about the events particularly taking place in Ukraine and understand Russian policy in this situation.”
Speaking from an eastern European’s viewpoint from here in Germany, it’s completely safe to say no German in any of the villages surrounding us has been exposed to unbiased viewpoints at all. One can only hope Putin or any Russian’s voice can be weighed against the other side of these arguments over Ukraine or elsewhere in the world.