It should also be noted that overall, even in the East (former GDR) the cultural influence of Russia is waning in the sense that less and less young people learn Russian and such (as formerly was required during the existence of the GDR.
In the West Russia is seen as particularly suspicious due to ties to the left-wing (majority) to far-left (minority) Left Party and the far-right Alternative for Germany, which are both loathed by large swath of West Germans as authoritarian and extremist and at least in parts anti-democratic and anti-pluralist.
The fact that many politicians from the West, like Schröder from the Social Democrats, are engaged in dubious business affairs with the Russian government certainly does actually even worsen the image of Russia for most West Germans, not improve it.
Russia: Also Azerbaijan and Turkey
Russia: Also Syria
The US fueled propaganda against this country is getting out of control.
The German and Russian people have much more in common than the governments want to make them believe.
But BBC? BBC is probably the most reliable source out there (except the economist, but that doesn't appeal to the general population).
I am just going to say as somebody who doesn't consider themselves extremely democratic nor extremely republican that you are part of a class of people who I coin as 'deniers', who try to go into comment sections and say that the problems in the polarized and the flawed democracy of the US are worse than the lack of democracy in nations such as Russia, China, North Korea, etc. (which they aren't).
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