For months, some media have been “warning” about the German-speaking blogger Alina Lipp, who is said to be spreading “Putin’s war propaganda” on her Telegram channel. Now it has become known that even the public prosecutor’s office is investigating against them. Funds from her German account have already been “seized”.
Since the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine on February 24, Germany has had to be extremely careful and avoid any statements that the local authorities could interpret as “solidarity with the Russian war of aggression”. At least if you have a significant number of subscribers to the Telegram messenger service, for example.
This is what happened to the German-Russian blogger and freelance journalist Alina Lipp, against whom, according to the portal belonging to the Ströer advertising group T-Online has been determined since February. The Lüneburg public prosecutor’s office took up the investigation, and the Göttingen public prosecutor’s office took over the case a few days ago. Now the Central Office for Hate Crime on the Internet will deal with the “Alina Lipp case”.
Alina Lipp runs a Telegram channel “News from Russia”. Since she has been living in Donetsk for six months, the 28-year-old has been able to report authentically and directly from the region affected by the war since February – from the Russian perspective. The great need for such first-hand information caused the number of subscribers to grow from a few thousand to 155,000 in just a few months.
On Wednesday, Alina Lipp addressed her colleagues and users with an appeal and posted letters from the Lüneburg public prosecutor’s office addressed to her on the Internet. As can be seen from the documents, Lipp is being investigated under Section 140 of the Criminal Code for “rewarding and approving of crimes”. In the letter, which is also supposed to justify the confiscation of funds in the amount of 1,600 euros and the “holding” of another 12,000 euros from her German donation account, the reasons are given, which are really tough.
Since, according to the public prosecutor’s office, “Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, which began on February 24” constitutes a crime under Section 13 of the Code of Crimes against International Law (crime of aggression), approving it is also a punishable offence.
Lipp’s statements on social channels are likely to heat up the psychological climate within the population of the Federal Republic, to bring about dissent within society and to sow doubts about the functionality of public opinion-forming and the perception of media reporting within the Federal Republic of Germany.
The trustworthiness of the democratic system as a whole could also be shaken – because of her posts like the one on February 24, when she reported that “denazification had begun” and that the population was celebrating the Russians and their “liberation”. The announcement of March 12, according to which genocide had been committed by the Ukrainians for years, was also punishable.
The public prosecutor emphasizes that the postings mentioned are only “exemplary” due to the large total number. The blogger, who is tellingly filmed her commentary on the allegations not far from the memorial to the murdered children in the Donetsk People’s Republic, points out with visibly amused that the public prosecutor’s office has declined to invite her to her hearing because doing so would “endanger the purpose of the investigation.” : “You’re investigating me, but you don’t want to hear me. Interesting.”
“What happened to me can happen to all independent bloggers and journalists and we must unite against censorship”said Lipp.
In the case of Alina Lipp, it is noteworthy that the criminal investigation is taking place in parallel with a massive defamation campaign against her and some other alternative media figures. Since the start of the new phase of the Ukraine war in February, numerous German media have produced a confusing number of articles demonizing Lipp as “Putin’s” information warrior – as if the Russian President were still taking her from Lüneburg to Donetsk in 2021 as a precaution would have teleported in order to have her communicate his views to the German public from there.
Now that it has become known that Lipp is threatened with imprisonment for up to three years, the German media such as T-Online jubilantly and announced that “Putin’s mouthpiece” could finally be punished for his war propaganda.
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