Thousands of German policemen carried out a series of raids on Wednesday in across the country to arrest right-wing extremists of the “Reichsburger” (Reichsburg) movement who allegedly tried to overthrow the government through an armed coup.
The Reichsburger movement rejects the postwar German constitution and calls for the overthrow of the government. The movement includes neo-Nazis, conspiracy theorists and gun advocates who reject the legitimacy of the modern German republic.
Movement members believe in a number of conspiracy theories consisting of the “Reichscitizens” theories and the “Q Anon” conspiracy theory. Members of the movement also believe that Germany is governed by a so-called “deep state”.
The movement has become increasingly radicalized in recent years and is seen as a growing security threat. Former soldiers are believed to be among the members of the new terrorist group, so a military barracks was raided today as part of the crackdown on the movement.
Inmates last year formed “a terrorist organization with the aim of overthrowing the current state system in Germany and replace it with its own system, which already was in establishment phase,” according to German prosecutors. The suspects knew that their goal could only be achieved by military means and force.
German prosecutors have identified the two alleged leaders of the terrorist organization, Heinrich BR and Rudiger VB. They hid their full identities in in line with German privacy regulations.
For its part, the German magazine “Der Spiegel” reported that Heinrich is 71 years old, and is a member of a small German noble family, while Rudiger was a former officer in the parachuting forces at the age of 69.
Prosecutors said Heinrich BR, whom the organization intended to install as Germany’s new leader, contacted Russian officials with the aim of negotiating a new regime in the country once the German government was overthrown.
It would have been assisted in this communication from a Russian woman, Vitalia B. Commenting on this news, the Russian embassy in Berlin today denied any relationship with far-right “terrorist” groups in Germany.
The prosecution revealed the identity of a woman arrested by police today, named “Birgitte MW”. Der Spiegel said she was a judge and former deputy for the far-right Alternative for Germany party.
According to the movement, it has 21,000 members alone in Germany, and has affiliates in several European countries, including Italy and Austria, where two suspects were arrested today.
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