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>> Two million Germans of Russian heritage a new fears that community maybe increasingly targeted by propaganda in fake news from Moscow, in an effort to upset national elections next month. Reuters, Andrea Shalal in Berlin.>> This is a really interesting story. The Russian-German community in Germany is a community that's been long invisible and forgotten.
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But it came to the fore-front in January of 2016, when up to something like 10,000 people hit the streets nearly simultaneously after what turned out to be a fake report about a 13 year old girl who'd been allegedly raped by migrants. That was a wake-up call to pay attention to these voters.
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Most of whom, historically had always supported the conservatives, Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic party, because they were grateful to her predecessor Helmut Kohl for helping get them out of the former Soviet Union.>>
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> They have fears and they link them to the refugee crisis, saying now another million are coming. Where are they supposed to go? That will costs money and then less will be spent on us.>> So Reiser was actually the victim of some Russian propaganda that tried to discredit the work that he's been doing in the community.
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Parliaments only ever held one before, a Merkel ally. Members of the community Reuters spoke with were quick to point out that they aren't a monolithic voting block, firmly in one camp or the other. But they also say anti-Merkel propaganda is prevalent in Russian social media and news sites.
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Alexander Reiser came from Russia in the 90s.>>
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All of that happened after he challenged the fake news report about the alleged rape.>> Moscow's long denied that it's attempted to influence Western elections.