In Germany, neither the Russian language nor Russian culture is actually banned. However, there is a very serious psychological factor. There is demotivation, if we talk about the Russian language. There is serious demotivation of both pupils, and students, and teachers, and heads of municipal and state authorities. There is no official ban though. Moreover, if you read the statements of politicians and prominent public figures, they state the position very clearly that persecution on the grounds of nationality and language is unacceptable and the principles of multi-ethnicity should be promoted — Alexey Dronov, General Consul of the Russian Federation in Bonn.
There are unprecedented, I dare use this word, which has become fashionable recently, but it is true, facts of discrimination on the grounds of nationality of our compatriots who find themselves in a difficult situation. There are different figures on how many of our compatriots live abroad today. According to some data, two million, while other sources mention a figure of five million Russian speakers. During the work of our centre, our project to protect the rights of compatriots, more than two hundred of our compatriots have applied. By far, the most complaints have come from Germany, Israel, Spain, France, and then from the Ukraine — Sergey Stepashin, Chairman, Association of Lawyers of Russia; Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Territorial Development Fund.
Every year, we receive more and more appeals to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and they become more and more heated. There are five main groups of appeals on the protection of the rights of compatriots. The first is the pressure and persecution of Russian citizens who are detained and imprisoned abroad. We see a danger zone in this area — Tatiana Moskalkova, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation.