Alina Lipp is under investigation for her alleged support for the Russian offensive in Ukraine
A blogger with tens of thousands of subscribers has said she is being questioned in Germany about her coverage of the conflict in Ukraine. German media confirmed that the activist is the subject of an investigation by a local prosecutor’s office.
In an interview that aired Friday on Russia’s Channel One, Alina Lipp said she “continuedespecially for a February 24 post, the day Russia launched its offensive against Ukraine. Then she wrote that “denazificationhad begun, while also accusing Ukraine of killing civilians for years.
“Secondly, I am being prosecuted for having published a video on my Telegram channel on March 12 in which I said that Ukraine is committing genocide in the Donbass,” Lip revealed.
According to the German news website t-online, the police suspect Lipp of “continuously show its solidarity with the Russian war against Ukraine”, of fomenting a split in German society and spreading hatred “distorted, partially false” report.
The case was initially opened by the German prosecutor’s office in Lüneburg after multiple complaints since February, t-online reports, citing the body’s spokesperson. Later it would have been handed over to the public prosecutor’s office in Göttingen, the central office for the investigation of internet hate crimes.
Lipp, who currently lives in Russia and has made several reports from Donbass, was born to a German mother and a Russian father. She runs a German language news blog called ‘News from Russia’. She also has a Telegram channel with over 174,000 followers and a small video channel on PeerTube. It is unclear whether the blogger has been charged in Germany. However, a local bank, DKV-Bank, has seized the financial assets she received as a donation, according to t-online, allegedly freezing €1,600 ($1,679) from her account.
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Lipp branded the probe against her as a… “partisan judiciary” and has said she will be punished for breaking a “unwritten law,” add that it is “freedom of speech” that’s the target in her case. Under the German Criminal Code, condoning or condoning a criminal offense “in a way that may disturb public order” punishable by a fine or up to three years in prison.