Many Russians with German roots saw the end of the Soviet Union as a chance at a new beginning in Germany. Some have since become disenchanted with life in Germany and now see the Russian annexation of the Crimea as an opportunity to return.
President Vladimir Putin has cultivated his image as the force that guided Russia through the fallout of the collapse of the Soviet Union. That’s left many voters with little choice in the upcoming election.
Trade between Russia and Germany has increased by about a quarter in the past 12 months. The surge came despite sanctions which the European Union imposed against Moscow for its alleged role in the Ukraine conflict.
German police say they have detained a Russian football hooligan wanted over a brutal attack at Euro 2016. An English supporter was left half-paralyzed after the assault.
As a German coalition government may emerge soon, a key issue that undid an earlier deal may now create more political havoc. Will Berlin accept a worsening of relations with eastern neighbors while securing cheaper gas?
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