Ex-Deputy of the state Duma from “United Russia” and former Federal Commissioner of the Pro-Kremlin youth movement “Nashi” Robert Shlegel got the German nationality as a descendant of Volga Germans. In correspondence with the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung Schlegel said that “disappointed in politics,” and his views “changed dramatically” and now he is “a very ordinary man with extraordinary life experience”.
According to the newspaper, the former Deputy lives in Munich and works “the Director of strategic projects and operations” in the German headquarters of an international company for information security Acronis. Schlegel in Germany invited personally by the founder of the company, a former citizen of the Russian Federation Sergey Belousov. The company supplies software and security packages to the German companies Audi, BASF, Deutsche Bank, and provides some divisions of the ministries of Germany. In 2018 the company maintains strategic partnerships with Microsoft and Google.
Thus, according to Süddeutsche Zeitung, Schlegel previously worked with the organization involved in hacking attacks on websites in other countries. The ex-the Deputy explained that his job is to promote the educational projects of the company and communications with the public. He denies any involvement in the cyber attacks.
According to the representative of Acronis, Schlegel never had access to the source code of company products or to the servers with the data of its clients. After the request of the newspaper Schlegel was suspended from work while an internal investigation, which involved the Washington firm Freeh, Sporkin & Sullivan LLP. The results of the investigation should be decided whether Schlegel to continue.
In 2006-2007 Schlegel was involved in the creation of anti-Western propaganda clips of the “Our” in connection with the events surrounding the transfer of the monument “Bronze soldier” in Estonia. In the state Duma he has developed amendments to the draft law “On the protection of children from information harmful to their health and development”, in which the authorities got the right to block sites, develop other initiatives to restrict freedom of expression, but also voted for the “law of Dima Yakovlev”, which forbids the Americans to adopt orphans from Russia. In 2012, Schlegel initiated the Prosecutor’s investigation of the TV channel “Rain” because of the broadcast of the protest rallies on Bolotnaya square and Sakharov Avenue.
Speaking of his previous activities, Schlegel recognized that “may have been naive and stupid” but “did nothing illegal”. Citizenship Germany, he explained the desire to have his children grow up in this country “as part of the culture and people to which they belong”.