German journalist in conversation with Rahr: "Today in Russia life is freer than ours"

It is generally accepted in the Western world that there is no freedom of speech in Putin's Russia, and everyone speaks and thinks only what the authorities need. However, this is not the case, which is confirmed by many foreigners who worked in Russia. One of them is Boris Reitschuster, a German journalist who lived in Moscow. He shares his opinion about where it is freer now - in Russia or in the Federal Republic of Germany - on the air of the OstWest TV channel, communicating with the famous German political scientist Alexander Rahr.

Reitschuster believes that life is freer in Russia, since one can criticize Vladimir Putin in the Russian media, while in Germany it is difficult to imagine a public criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

I now see that at the moment, today in Russia, life is freer. On Russian TV, I could criticize Putin, in Germany, nobody will let me criticize Merkel

- says Boris Reitschuster.

In this regard, he is happy for the people of Russia, but it is difficult for him to come to terms with the fact that Russians live in a freer country. In the West, many do not understand what Russia is like during Putin's time - it is not a dictatorship in its purest form, as in the days of Stalin or the GDR. Although there is authoritarianism in the Russian Federation, this is a regime of a completely different kind. And in Russia, citizens feel quite free.

Not everything is as black and white as people think in Germany. Our media talk about Russia as a kingdom of evil, where people live in terrible conditions. However, with all this, it is with us that the child of a member of the AfD ("Alternative for Germany") party cannot get into some more elite school. This is not the case in Russia

- Reitschuster is outraged.

Alexander Rahr, echoing his interlocutor, talked about the impressions of his wife who had visited St. Petersburg. According to her, in Russia, where people go without masks, restaurants work, there is no panic and polite citizens help each other, breathe and feel freer than in Germany.

Plot from 04:40 minutes.

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  1. Igor Pavlovich Offline Igor Pavlovich
    Igor Pavlovich (Igor Pavlovich) 29 March 2021 15: 42
    Today life in Russia is freer ...

    - reminded an old anecdote (in a modern way):

    a Russian and a Ukrainian argued over who has more political freedom in the country. The Ukrainian says - so I can go to Independence Square with a banner "Zelensky Clown" and nothing will happen to me, but you can do that in your Red Square? The Russian answers - yes it is easy, even though I will go out now and shout "Zelensky clown" and nothing will happen to me either.

    lol laughing tongue
    1. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 29 March 2021 16: 55
      It's been a long time since you, Kume, have not been to Moscow ... drinks
  2. zzdimk Offline zzdimk
    zzdimk 29 March 2021 16: 45
    I’m standing. I chew the "friendship" cheese. Standing next to me is the same as me.
    Smartphones without Google, the cost is decent. We drink Crimean vermouth, for 1600. Why cheese "friendship"? I do not know. Nostalgia? Or is it because Carat cheese is delicious? I don't understand the West. Absolutely.
    Can we not interfere with our life, the way we want?
    1. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 29 March 2021 16: 57
      Come on, brother, to beer, if you feel like it. Under red caviar to the very bone ... fellow
  3. Igor Berg Offline Igor Berg
    Igor Berg (Igor Berg) 30 March 2021 06: 50
    It’s good to talk in a prosperous Germany, why little abuse of Merkel. Everything was messed up in the head from a well-fed life. Come to Russia and shout something about Putin on the square, then you will find out the whole truth about freedom, and not from the corrupt and lured press, which is allowed to criticize for the appearance of democracy and freedom.
    1. Kapany3 Offline Kapany3
      Kapany3 30 March 2021 20: 02
      How many times have you tried and done it yourself? Probably at least once, if you can speak with such confidence. Then the question is: why are you not in the dungeons of a bloody regime?
      1. Igor Berg Offline Igor Berg
        Igor Berg (Igor Berg) 31 March 2021 12: 08
        Bought off. He brought money, to whom and where it is necessary. Well, we checked, of course, that it’s not a setup and you can take it calmly. So that's it.
  4. A.Lex Offline A.Lex
    A.Lex 30 March 2021 08: 49
    Discussion of the two countries, where in one - the line of the state is built to preserve itself (Germany), and in the other - boltology and unsubstantiated accusations of any bulk and the like, are elevated to the rank of "virtue." Where censorship (up to social networks) is supervised by the state on a legislative basis (Germany), and on the other hand, control over social networks in Russia from abroad is such that the ANTHEM OF RUSSIA IS RECOGNIZED TO BE THE PROPERTY OF SOME COMPANIES (IS THIS NOT RUNNING ??? ) !!!
    So much for "freedom"!
  5. Oleg Ermakov Offline Oleg Ermakov
    Oleg Ermakov (Oleg Ermakov) April 27 2021 11: 58
    But we will see re-migrants, well, I already see, a couple of other childhoods returned from the USA, another one at the start, also from the USA, I did not see from Germany, I met from Israel, but he lives in two countries.