On Friday morning an arson attack took place at the Lomonossow German-Russian International School in Berlin-Marzahn. The state security agency responsible for political crimes in the State Criminal Police Office (LKA) has taken over the investigation. “We assume an intentional act and a connection to the war in Ukraine,” a police spokesman said on Friday.
It is just one of numerous cases where Russian institutions and people with Russian roots have been targeted and attacked. Since the start of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, Berlin police have recorded 80 similar incidents as of March 9, a spokeswoman said on Friday. Russian buildings and clubs were attacked, Russian media outlets, embassy employees and private individuals were attacked. It is mainly property damage and insults.
Social Senator Katja Kipping (LINKE) warned against unwarranted hostility towards Russians in Berlin ahead of Putin’s war in Ukraine. She is “very worried that all the disgust, all the anger that we have towards Putin and his government, will also affect the Russian-speaking people here in Berlin,” the left-wing politician told ZDF on Thursday night.
He is moved to hear how children of Russian origin are attacked in the schoolyard for it. “We have to be careful that the hatred Putin sows is not taken for granted by people who don’t agree with him either, but who speak the same language.”
The ruling mayor of Berlin also appealed to people of Russian and Ukrainian descent in Berlin. “I appeal to all people of Ukrainian and Russian descent in Berlin not to have this conflict on our streets, but to confront each other peacefully,” Franzika Giffey (SPD) said on Friday on the occasion of the National Day of Remembrance for the Victims. of terrorist violence together a sign of peace and international understanding in our city, in the Berlin of freedom”.
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During the arson attack at the Lomonosov school, a passerby noticed smoke around 3:20 a.m. on Friday morning. Consequently, there was a fire in the entrance area of the school gym. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire. According to the fire department, objects placed in the entrance area of the hall in the Alley of the Cosmonauts caught fire. No one was injured. However, based on an initial assessment, the structure of the gym could be affected by the fire.
As reported by the “BZ”, the perpetrators are said to have been caught on several surveillance cameras when they started a fire in the entrance area of the private school. The Lomonossow School wants to promote the integration of families with children who come from the former Soviet Union and live in Berlin. It was inaugurated in 2006 as a primary school and today it has 600 students and 100 teachers up to the Abitur classes.
Other buildings in Berlin are also affected by the attacks. Already on March 8, an employee of the police property security department noticed graffiti on the “Russian House”, a cultural institute directly controlled and supported by the Kremlin. The word “assassin” was written on a pillar. The police arranged for the letters to be withdrawn.
However, the people of Ukraine are also met with hate. On Thursday, a group of Jewish children and youth who fled to Berlin from the Ukraine were at a playground in the Preußenpark in Wilmersdorf. A camera crew accompanied the group.
Then a 54-year-old German arrived and, according to them, made “pro-Russian statements” about the children. The police officers who rushed to defuse the situation took the man’s personal data and fired him. However, no crime was found, a police spokeswoman said.