Another attack on the Freedom of Speech in Europe: in Germany a Ukrainian Woman is fined for condoning the Russian invasion.

I am reproducing another article from The Daily Telegraph. This story is about a Ukrainian Woman who has been fined for condoning the Russian invasion. The issue could have been the other way round, and she would have been fined for criticizing it. I would still be making the same argument. Unfortunately, this is the way Europe is going, where the European rights for freedom are slowly being eroded. The same tendencies are being expressed in Malta. The story of Fr. David Muscat is a case in point.

A Ukrainian woman has been fined €900 in Germany for condoning the Russian invasion of Ukraine, making her the latest person to fall foul of Germany’s strict propaganda laws.

A court in Cologne found that Elena Kolbasnikova had “posed a threat to public peace” by giving a speech at a pro-Russian protest in which she described the invasion of Ukraine as “necessary”.

During the protest last year to commemorate the end of World War Two, she also told a television channel that “Russia is not an aggressor”.

The judge found that these two comments were sufficient evidence that she had “endorsed and supported” the Russian war “in a way that was perceptible to others”.

Kolbasnikova, 48, who describes herself as a “peace activist”, insisted after the trial that she was being persecuted for her determination to tell the truth.

Her lawyer said that he was prepared to challenge the ruling all the way up to the country’s supreme court.

A legacy of attempts to control the resurgence of Nazism, Germany has some of Europe’s most stringent laws regulating what people can say and do in public.

The public display of Nazi symbols and denial of the Holocaust are both prohibited.

In the last year German prosecutors have opened several investigations against pro-Kremlin bloggers and activists, arguing that supporting the invasion equates to the offence of “endorsing a crime”, which is punishable with up to three years in jail.

Germany’s interior ministry has made clear that even the display of the letter Z – the symbol of Russia’s invasion – could count as the endorsement of a crime.

Last month a Hamburg man was sentenced to jail for displaying the letter.

Poland and the Baltic states have also banned the display of the Z symbol.

Meanwhile in Slovakia, former justice minister Štefan Harabin faces up to three years in prison for saying that he would “do the same as Putin” in Ukraine.

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