“Vladimir Putin: Speeches to the Germans” Presented in Berlin

Russisches Haus der Wissenschaft und Kultur in BerlinA bit of interesting news from the Russian House of Science and Culture in Berlin tells of a new book being presented that includes a selection of speeches and interviews of Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Vladimir Putin: Speeches to the Germans”  is a 122 page volume covering his dialogue in between 2001 and 2014.

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.

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