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Bundestag aide found to have close ties to FSB - media

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Vladimir Sergienko was recruited by the FSB
Vladimir Sergienko was recruited by the FSB, media say

Vladimir Sergienko, a 52-year-old assistant to a German deputy of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, is an agent of the Fifth Service of the Russian Federal Security Service. Investigative journalists found out that through Sergienko, AfD deputies coordinated the texts of their speeches with Kremlin curators and even went to court to stop Germany's military aid to Ukraine.

This was reported in a joint investigation by The Insider and Der Spiegel. Sergienko is a Russian political strategist of Ukrainian descent who has long lived in Germany (he received Russian and German citizenship in 2022).

Formally, Sergienko is an assistant to the Kazakhstani member of the Federal Assembly, Eugen Schmidt. The Alternative for Germany is the second most popular German party with 20 percent of the vote.

However, there is evidence that the recruited FSB agent worked with many other parliamentarians. For example, on June 6, 2023, Sergienko brought a German politician from the AfD and part-time president of the Association for the Protection of Russian Speakers in Germany, Ulrich Oehme, to Sochi, Russia. The trip was not publicly reported.

A few months earlier, Oehme had written a letter to Pope Francis asking him to pay attention to the "persecution of Christians in Ukraine." The Insider stated that on April 12, 2023, Sergienko approved a draft of this text in Russian with his Moscow superiors.

Vladimir Sergienko in the studio of a propaganda program.

Sergienko had a hand in getting the AfD faction to file a lawsuit with the Federal Constitutional Court to stop the supply of German tanks to Ukraine. He also organized a number of speeches by members of the political party, the text of which, again, was coordinated with the FSB curator.

One of them was a speech by Bundestag MP Harald Weyel at a PACE session, where he said that Kyiv was allegedly "openly persecuting" parishioners of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.

According to the investigators, Sergienko's supervisor is Ilya Vechtomov (Vekshin), an officer of the Ninth Directorate of the Operational Information Department of the Fifth Service of the FSB. This department deals with issues related to Ukraine.

FSB officer Ilya Vechtomov

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