Petr Bystron and the Far-Right AfD’s Alleged Ties to Russia

Petr Bystron is a German politician. He was a contender for Munich North for the Bundestag during the German national election in 2017 for the far-right Alternative for Germany group. Petr Bystron is a deputy at the German Bundestag and an associate of the far-right Alternative for Germany party that has created its platform on extreme anti-migrant standings. The AfD MP Petr Bystron secretly voyages to Belarus in November 2022.

Currently, the AfD objects to sanctions on Russia and argues against supplying arms to Ukraine. “German tanks against Russia in Ukraine – remember, your grandfathers tried to do the same trick, together with Melnik, Bandera and their supporters. The result was immense suffering, millions of casualties on both sides and, eventually, Russian tanks came here, to Berlin,” Bystron expressed during a parliamentary debate.

On 28 March 2024, Czech website Deník N and German newspaper Der Spiegel claimed that the Czech Security Information Service discovered that Bystron was also one of the recipients of money from the pro-Russian Internet network “Voice of Europe” funded by the oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk.

In April 2024 the Munich Public Prosecutor’s Office began preliminary investigations because of likely bribery of elected officials. According to Die Zeit, the Public Prosecutor Office discovered that 20,000 euros were handed over at a conference between Bystron and employees of Russian propaganda in Prague.

On April 3, 2024, AfD party leaders Alice Weidel and Tino Chrupalla summoned a written explanation from Bystron for the allegations produced against him. Maximilian Krah, AfD’s other leading candidate for the European elections demanded to abstain from appearing in Bystron’s election campaign.

The actions of Petr Bystron, a German politician associated with the far-right Alternative for Germany party, have raised significant concerns. His leanings towards Russia, as evidenced by his opposition to sanctions and arms supplies to Ukraine, have come under scrutiny. Recent revelations of his ties to pro-Russian networks and allegations of bribery have sparked investigations by authorities. As the AfD grapples with these developments, party leaders have demanded explanations from Bystron and distanced themselves from his election campaign. These events underscore the importance of transparency and accountability in political leadership.

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