Berlin investigates far-right journalist named in Ukraine arson attack

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Berlin prosecutors are investigating a far-right German journalist who was implicated by a defendant in a Polish court of involvement in the firebombing of a Hungarian cultural center in western Ukraine last year.

The preliminary investigation into Manuel Ochsenreiter, a vocal supporter of moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine who has been interviewed numerous times in russian state media, is based on “suspicion of serious arson,” a spokesperson for the Berlin prosecutor’s office told RFE/RL on January 18.

The existence of the investigation into Ochsenreiter was first reported on January 17 by the German newspaper Die Zeit, which cited its own “information.”

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