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Germany Foils Coup Plot To Install Russian-Backed 'Noble'

In a series of nationwide raids, 25 suspected members and supporters of a terrorist organization were arrested early Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, Deutsche Welle (DW) reported.

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German officials said the network, part of a wider right-wing movement, was well established with a concrete plan to overthrow the German state by force and install a new government.

The raids were announced by Germany's federal prosecution agency and German Justice Minister Marco Buschmann. He said the investigations were directed against a suspected terrorist network with known ties to the Reichsbürger movement and Russia and added the raids had taken place against individuals suspected of planning an armed attack on state institutions, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) also reported.

"Since this morning a large anti-terror operation is taking place. The Federal Public Prosecutor General is investigating a terror network from the Reichsbürger scene," Buschmann wrote.

"The suspicion exists that an armed attack on constitutional organs was planned. The search operation is reported to have covered 130 properties belonging to 52 suspects in 11 German states,” Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

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The suspects "belong to a terrorist organization founded by the end of November 2021 at the latest, which has set itself the goal of overcoming the existing state order in Germany and replacing it with its own form of state, which has already been worked out in outline." Of the 25 men and women arrested, 24 were from Germany and one suspected supporter is from Russia.

One arrest took place in Austria and one in Italy. There are 27 other suspects, the federal prosecutor's office said, the Associated Press and New York Times disclosed.

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Prosecutors identified the suspected ringleaders only as Heinrich XIII P. R. and Ruediger v. P., in line with German privacy rules. The news magazine Der Spiegel reported that the former was a well-known 71-year-old member of a minor German noble family, while the latter was a 69-year-old former paratrooper.

Prosecutors said Heinrich XIII P. R., who the group planned to install as the new leader of Germany, had made contact with Russian officials seeking to establish a new order in Germany once the Berlin government was overthrown. A Russian woman, Vitalia B, had allegedly given him help with this.

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A currently-serving soldier in the Bundeswehr's Special Forces Command (KSK) as well as several Bundeswehr reservists were also among suspects in the case, a spokesperson for Germany's Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD) told the DPA news agency.

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