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German-Romanian Nobel literature laureate Herta Müller doesn’t mince words when talking about Putin:
“His country is so huge – he should build infrastructure and see that his people can have teeth and shoes. That should give him plenty to do so he won’t have to worry about war.”
“And look what the Russians are doing to the poor Ukrainians, how they are destabilising and infiltrating Ukraine, how they are destroying this country with their filthy propaganda and their dirty and hypocritical war. It’s outrageous, and it’s far worse than what we had in our dictatorships back then. It’s a big problem. And how this makes me sick! I always imagine that I’m in their country, I used to live in one like it. I would be there, I would have risked as much as the Ukrainians, already for the third time, in order to live another way… And they are punished atrociously. Only because Putin can’t accept that the Soviet Union is gone. We had it up to here with the Soviet Union! For decades they ruined our lives in all of Eastern Europe. Putin and his secret service should accept that we want no more of that.”
The panel discussion took place at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark.