In my subjective perception many people who are politically oriented towards Russia see Germany's Green Party with huge scepticism.

They often claim that:

  • Germany's Green Party is full of academic loosers and pedophilic people
  • Germany's Green Party is just a vassal of the United States
  • Germany's Green Party is a prohibition party (climate protection, etc.)
  • and uncountable more

Although these are just some random remarks, why is this antipathic judgement relatively common within the bubble of Russia-philic people (e.g. Russian immigrant workers, Germany's right wing parties, etc.)?

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    "They often claim that..." Would it be possible to find some notable public citations for that? A lot of conservatives dislike the German Green party for various reasons. It might just be the general political dislike between right and left these days. I just want to get a better feel of the phenomenon you are talking about.
    – Trilarion
    Aug 14 at 14:03
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    Typically, CDU is called the vassal of the US not the Green party who once even wanted to leave NATO. The pedophile thing is also from about 40 years ago and surfaces from time to time again in the media, who knows why. But there is one thing not mentioned: the Green party is especially critical of gas (including Russian gas) and of autocratic regimes (including Russia). Is this not enough reason for Russians to not like them a lot on average?
    – Trilarion
    Aug 14 at 14:06
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    Possibly, but it's rather doubtful that any serious pollster would ask a Q in those precise terms ("Symbol of Devil").
    – Fizz
    Aug 14 at 14:40
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    Who is making these claims? You should provide some details about who is making them and who exactly they are making them at.
    – Joe W
    Aug 14 at 16:11
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    As a German, I must say these accusations are about the most idiotic nonsense that I’ve ever hard. Especially the “German Green Party is a vassal if the USA” is absolutely laughable.
    – gnasher729
    Aug 15 at 20:50

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The "pedophile" part would be an outflow of the popular stance against homosexuality, which propagandistically is often conflated with pedophilia by politicians of the ruling United Russia party or by state-controled media. There is a strand of propaganda that says "pedophile parties are now in power in Europe."

In the center of that myth, as applied to Germany, stands Green politician Volker Beck, who several times took part in Pride Day parades in Moskow and protested its ban. Beck had promoted relaxing anti-pedophilia laws in the 1980s, but later distanced himself from these writings.

  • Is this answer concerning people in Russia? I got the sense that the question was about sentiment in Germany, by pro-Russian elements. Aug 14 at 16:21
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    That wouldn't make much of a difference, if they are assumed to be influenced by russian propaganda (which I take from the "bubble" remark).
    – ccprog
    Aug 14 at 17:07

There are at least two quite distinct groups in Germany supporting Russia.

  • People on the left supporting Russia out of an antipathy towards the Western economic and social system, lingering Communist-era sentiments, or anti-NATO sentiments. An example would be Sahra Wagenknecht of Die Linke.
  • People on the right supporting Russia out of an antipathy towards the Western economic and social system, a sense of alienation in the wake of the German reunification, or admiration for an authoritarian leader. An example would be Tino Chrupalla of the AfD.

The group of Russian immigrants are mostly technically not immigrants. They are belated WWII refugees who were ethnic Germans all along. Or the descendants and relatives of ethnic Germans who could not speak German themselves. These people may be more likely than average to support the AfD or Putin, but the majority doesn't support Putin.

The sentiments you mention would be more prevalent on the right, but there are some on the left also critical of the Green party.

The right is basically trying to roll back the political and social battles of the 1968 era, which was driven by in part by groups that would later form the Greens. I don't think the point 'vassal of the US' is a charge they hold specifically of the Greens, there the Greens are held responsible as part of mainstream culture. When it comes to the 'prohibition party' point, either they do not believe in climate change or they do not want to restrict themselves before it comes anyway.

The left stereotype could be summarized as 'people who drive their SUV to the organic food store and buy meat at €50/kg.'

  • re Russian immigrants: There are at least two more significant groups: Russians that had been living in communist Eastern Germany for one reason or another (academics, students, artists, language teachers, army affiliates), and decided to stay after the dissolution of the Sovjet Union, and Jews that took advantage of the 1990 blanket promise by the (east) German government to grant them asylum. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russians_in_Germany) For the first group, there is no clear political affiliation, for the second one, they were much more conservative than the typical german jews.
    – ccprog
    Aug 14 at 21:46
  • There is also a third significant group: Germans who lived in Russia before 1917 and continued living in the USSR until its collapse. During WWII many of them were relocated to Central Asia (still within USSR).
    – alamar
    Aug 15 at 15:13

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