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Former East Germans are still second-rate citizens in current Germany

Summary of Disinformation

Soviet Union and its last leader Mikhail Gorbachev ignored the rights of 16 million East German citizens when he agreed to the German reunification treaty. As a result, these people became – and still remain – second-rate citizens.


The reunification of Germany was not an act permitted by Mikhail Gorbachev, but the result of the will of the German people as manifested in free elections: https://www.britannica.com/place/Germany/The-reunification-of-Germany

Germany is a democratic country fully respecting democracy and rule of law with the best Freedom rating available: https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2018/germany

Despite the fact that some economic differences between the former West and East Germany remain (see e.g. a report by Berlin-Institut für Bevölkerung und Entwicklung, "So geht Einheit. Wie weit das einst geteilte Deutschland zusammengewachsen ist"), there are no second-rate citizens.

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Reported in: Issue 122
Date: 14.10.2018
Language: Russian
Country: USSR, Germany
Keywords: Mikhail Gorbachev, USSR
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Vesti nedeli s Dmitriem Kiselyovym @ Rossiya 1, time 53:38
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