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Russian lawmakers investigating foreign interference meet with Deutsche Welle head

On Wednesday, November 7, a meeting was reported between representatives of the German media outlet and the Russian Foreign Ministry
Deutsche Welle CEO Peter Limbourg EPA-EFE/OMER MESSINGER
Deutsche Welle CEO Peter Limbourg

MOSCOW, November 7. /TASS/. Members of the Russian State Duma (the lower house of parliament) commission investigating foreign interference in the country’s domestic affairs have held a meeting with Deutsche Welle Director General Peter Limbourg, the commission’s deputy head Nikolai Ryzhak told TASS.

"Yes, a meeting has taken place," he said without going into detail.

The commission’s head, Vasily Piskaryov said earlier that assumptions about Deutsche Welle’s violation of Russian laws had proved true. He pointed out that by posting a tweet reading "Moscow, come out!" during unauthorized protests related to the Moscow City Council election campaign, the German media outlet had "violated a law that regulates election processes." The Russian lawmaker added that foreign legal entities did not have a right to campaign in Russia.

Limbourg earlier expressed readiness to build dialogue with the State Duma commission investigating foreign interference in Russia’s domestic affairs, emphasizing the need for the parties to agree on framework conditions for dialogue.