Former Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl said that she did not notice any repression in her circle in Russia. She stated this while answering questions from Western media. According to her, she can work fully in the Russian education sector, experiencing “academic freedom.”
“I have not yet seen any repression in my immediate circle,” the BBC quotes Kneissl as saying. She added that she could work in Russia while experiencing “academic freedom.” According to Kneissl, this is exactly what she missed while teaching at universities in the European Union.
Karin Kneissl was reminded of one of the examples of repression in Russia. On November 17, artist Sasha Skochilenko was sent to a prison colony for seven years for spreading fake news about the Russian Armed Forces. The former head of the Austrian Foreign Ministry replied that this case does not concern her.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that political repressions should not be repeated in the history of the Russian Federation. He also threatened that if Latvia continues to treat the Russian-speaking population living there like pigs, the authorities themselves will soon face a similar attitude.