Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung: The Germans hung in offices portraits of Putin

German businessmen in Russia is very surprised that the media in their country serves Russian reality, writes the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. They fear that Western sanctions blow to their business, but to leave Russia does not intend to. Moreover, many like him and even the DNI, the newspaper notes.

“When I read the news about Russia in the German media, I sometimes ask myself whether they write about the country in which I live” - ​​quoted by Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung Thomas Thalheim, financial director of the Russian branch of the German logistics company. Like thousands of other German experts working in Russia, Thalheim can make your own picture of the political confrontation between the West and the East German and considers reports and debates about Russia “too exaggerated.” A similar opinion is shared by many other Germans living in Moscow, the newspaper notes.
In this case, the manager, of course, feels like Western sanctions against Russia affect his work. According to him, the problematic point is the test of Russian business partners. If Thalheim and his colleagues did not pay attention to what their partner company has been included in the “black list” of the EU, “in Germany they risk criminal consequences,” notes Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. However, according to a businessman, he is still faced with similar problems.
According Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, another German businessman logistician working in Russia, Winfried Grolmits, so immersed in the Russian atmosphere that keeps in his office a portrait of Putin. According to him, when in early 2014 the leadership of Donetsk People’s Republic has called for a referendum, some of the company’s employees took leave and went to Donetsk to vote. In Moscow they are constantly worried about their relatives in Ukraine and Grolvits too indifferent to this problem. But even more it bothers depreciation of the ruble and the price of oil and gas, adds Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.
For his company is currently doing is still fine, but “if Russia will strongly shaking, it will have an impact on Germany”, convinced entrepreneur. In particular, this applies to the north-western regions of Germany, which on a large scale in the Russian supply agricultural machinery and food. However, even in worst-case scenarios of its logistics company, which has passed through all the difficulties of post-communist Russia, survive the crisis, convinced the German businessman.

29 December 2014

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